Young Danish star Holger Rohn was too old for Dominic Thiem, who was fighting to get into the elite. In the second round of the ATP 1000 in Monte Carlo, Lower Austria lost 2:6.4:6 to the 19-year-old, who is ranked No. 9 in the world on Wednesday. The 2020 US Open winner showed a good streak against his tougher opponent since the first round against Andrei Rublev at the Australian Open in January, but in the end he had no chance.
Two days after the successful opening safety over Richard Gasquet, Thiem started his second game under new coach Benjamin Ebrahimzadeh with great commitment. The game was perfectly balanced up to 2:2. Tim acted on the same level with his counterpart, putting “one of the big three of the new generation” (Tim) under pressure even on long rallies. But in crucial situations, the bottom Austrian missed several shots. After Ron’s first break to make it 3:2, he was unstoppable in the first round and won after 34 minutes.
Tough battle in the second set
Ron, who wasn’t quite able to continue his stellar previous season in 2023, carried that self-confidence into the second set. But Thiem, equipped with a wildcard in the principality, also stepped back and presented himself more consistently – at least until 3: 3. The seventh game and Thiem’s vulnerability to errors should become the sticking point.
Lichtenwörther made two break ball saves, then missed a match winning opportunity and eventually had to abandon the match. In the end, Tim came again and worked on the first balls with a score of 4: 5. Ron was unimpressed again and converted his third match point after 1:36 hours.
This means that only one Austrian is represented in the sands classic on the Côte d’Azur. In doubles, Sam Wisbourne plays the round of 16 with his Monaco partner Romain Arnaeudo. After 6:2, 6:4 on Marcelo Melo / Alexander Zverev (BRA / GER) on Wednesday, the second seed duo of Rajeev Ram / Joe Salisbury (USA) now awaits.
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