Tennis: Tim also remained winless in Rome


Dominic Thiem was unable to celebrate the first victory he had hoped for at the fifth attempt since his return. The 28-year-old from Lower Austria, who slipped to 162 in the world rankings after a 280-day break due to a wrist injury, had to defeat Italian Fabio Fognini 4:6 in the first round of the ATP 1000 dirt tournament. Court Championship in Rome Monday night 6: 7 (5/7) defeated.

In the former world number three, who had previously suffered defeats at Challenger in Marbella and at the ATP tournaments in Belgrade, Estoril and Madrid, the light and shadow changed once again against an opponent who was unable to overcome. In five matches so far, Tim has won only one set, his last victory being on May 12, 2021.

Thiem’s ​​best performance in Rome so far was in 2017, when only Novak Djokovic stopped him in the semi-finals after defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. However, the winner of the 2020 US Open is still far from these days. The lower Austrian behaved very inconsistently, incorrectly, especially from the frontal blow.

Break and tie break decide

The fifth duel between the players (Fognini shortened to 2:3) began with a more confident sending at the start from Thiem, while Fognini had to block two Thiem balls in the fourth inning. When the score was 4:4, Fognini had his first chances and used the second domestic champion to get the first inning. Fognini then turned the second set ball to make it 6:4 after 48 minutes.

In the second round, Tim did not take advantage of a ball-breaking opportunity to make it 2-0 after a game of serve to zero. This missed opportunity put him behind again, because Tim had to give up his serve at 3:3. Fognini then made the score 5:3 and earned his first match point after 1:36 with a 5:4 lead and his own serve. But Tim was raised again and took his third chance in this match to break. The old fighting spirit of a finalist has truly flashed four times.

With sovereign service games from both players, I then entered a tiebreaker. In this, Tim equaled a deficit of 3/5, but after a 1:53 total, Fognini used his second match point.

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Fabio Fognini advanced to the second round of the tournament he played at home

Next week, Thiem will continue at the ATP 250 Championships in Geneva, where he will perform his dress rehearsal for the Grand Slam in Paris just before the French Open (from May 22). Tim urgently needs self-confidence in order to get him back to Grand Slam level, but he also has to improve dramatically in terms of consistency and a less malfunctioning forehand.

ATP 1000 Championship in Rome

(Italy, €6,008,725, clay courts)

First round board:
Novak Djokovic (SRB/1) Farewell
Aslan Karatsev (Russia) Lloyd Harris (RSA) 3:6 6:3 7:6 (9/7)
Laszlo Djere (SRB) Borna Couric (CRO) 6:2 6:7 (3/7) 6:2
Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) Riley Opelka (US/14) 3: 6 7: 5 6: 2
Diego Schwartzman (ARG/12) Miomir Kekmanovich (SRB) -: – -: –
Marcus Jeron (USA) Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 3: 6 6: 4 6: 3
Alejandro Davidovich Fochina (Spain) Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 6: 2 4: 6 6: 4
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN/8) Farewell
Rafael Nadal (ESP/3) Farewell
John Isner (USA) Francisco Cerondolo (Argentina) -: – -: –
Nikolos Basilashvili (GEO) Daniel Evans (Great Britain) 7:6 (7/2) 6:2
Denis Shapovalov (CAN/13) Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 7:6 (7/5) 3:6 6:3
Hubert Hurcacz (POL/11) David Goffin (Belgium) -: – -: –
Jenson Brosby (USA) Flavio Copoli (ITA) 6:3 6:4
Van de Zandschulp Boutique (NED) Sebastian Korda (USA) 6:4 6:1
Casper Rod (NOR/5) Farewell
Andrei Rublev (RUS/6) Farewell
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) Francis Tiafoe (USA) 7:6 (9/7) 7:6 (7/4)
Fabio Fognini (ITA) Dominic Tim (AUT) 6:4 7:6 (7/5)
Yannick Sener (ITA/10) Pedro Martinez Portero (Spain) -: – -: –
Pablo Carreno Posta (ESP/15) Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6: 3 6: 2
Karen Khachanov (Russia) Giulio Ziberi (ITA) 6:3 6:4
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Brandon Nakashima (USA) -: – -: –
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE/4) Farewell
Emile Rossofory (FIN / LL) * Farewell
Christian Garin (Che) Francesco Passaro (ITA) 6: 3 6: 2
Marin Cilic (CRO) Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) 6: 1 6: 4
Cameron Norrie (GBR/9) Luca Nardi (ITA) -: – -: –
Alex de Minaur (Australia) Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6:4 6:1
Tommy Ball (USA) Albert Ramos Vinolas (Spain) 6: 4 6: 4
Talon Grixborough (NED) Sebastian Baez (Argentina) -: – -: –
Alexander Zverev (GER/2) Farewell

* Alternative to Carlos Alcaraz (ESP/7)

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