Dominic Thiem was eliminated in the round of 16 at the ATP tournament in Metz. The former number three in the world ranking list was beaten by Hubert Hurkacz with 3:6,4:6. This gives the 1.96 meter tall Pole another chance to defend his title from last year. The tenth in the world rankings was also able to win the third duel against Thiem.
The Lower Austrian got a foretaste of what to expect in the first game. The ex-US Open winner had two breakballs in a row, Hurkacz responded with four strong serves and took the lead. After three service games, the Pole already held six aces, but in longer rallies, Thiem usually had the better end for himself.
Dominic Thiem was let down by his first serve in the seventh game. Hurkacz converted his third break ball to a 5:3 lead and served out a 1:0 set lead after 38 minutes.
In the second set, the preliminary decision was made in game five. The Pole (25) got the second break while Thiem loudly struggled with his game. Austria’s ace fought for his chance but couldn’t take a serve from Hurkacz and lost in 1:15 hours.