Most recently, the two faced each other in the Paris semifinals in 2018, back then Thiem had the better ending for themselves. In direct duels between it is now 2:2. For the 29-year-old Italian it was the first win on the ATP tour since August 2021.
The first sentence saw a player who was not as error-prone as in the recent past, but who acted with too little pressure Thiem, who was unable to use two breakballs when the score was 1:1. Unlike his opponent, who was 3:2 in the lead at the second break opportunity, didn’t let go of the first round from that moment on and was also in the sack after 44 minutes.
In the third game of the second set it seemed Thiem to be on the trigger after a breakball was blocked and the following 2:1 lead. He promptly created five break opportunities, but then lacked the killer instinct. Cecchinato, former world No. 16, fended off everyone and closed the game himself with the first chance. Thiem After that, two wonderful balls played through the legs didn’t help either, with the score at 3:3, Cecchinato used the second break opportunity to make it 4:3 and marched from there safely to winning the match after 1:33 hours.