After 419 days without a win, Dominic Thiem got the long-awaited sense of achievement. In the first round of the ATP Challenger in the city of Salzburg, the former number 3 in the world prevailed in the Austrian duel with Filip Misolic on Tuesday with 6: 4, 7: 5 and will face Facundo Bagnis in the round of 16 on Thursday. The Argentine, who lost the first round against Dennis Novak at Wimbledon last week, is ranked 102nd in the world.
“A very, very nice feeling that I haven’t had for a long time,” Thiem breathed a sigh of relief in the on-site interview. “It was difficult in general, I knew that I had to perform well. And I did that for the most part. But the most important thing was that I was able to cross the finish line once.”
In the eighth tournament after his tough wrist injury, the second at Challenger level, Thiem – in front of a full house in the Salzburg Volksgarten – was finally able to celebrate again. It was a first step backwards for the Lichtenwörther, who has since dropped to 346th place in the world rankings. Even if the victory was by no means easy. Because Misolic (20), number 210 in the world rankings and thus the third best ÖTV player, made it anything but easy for his opponent, who was eight years his senior.