Dominic Thiem lost his match to Felix Auger-Aliassime at the World Tennis League Invitational Tournament in Dubai on Thursday. The 29-year-old from Lower Austria played at eye level for the number six spot in the world rankings, but eventually had to concede defeat to the Canadian 6:7(2), 6:7(6) after nearly two hours of match time. . . Tim is currently preparing to start the season in Australia in the Arabian Peninsula.
In the first set, the ÖTV star got a break in the fifth game. When Auger-Aliassime wanted to serve when the score was 5: 4, Thiem managed to return the break. However, the tiebreaker was clearly a win for the Canadian 7: 2. The second set was balanced without a loss of service and therefore also resulted in a tiebreaker. There the Austrian – No. 102 in the world rankings – was unable to use a set-piece. Instead, his opponent used his first match point after 1:59 hours.
Thiem also narrowly lost alongside Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkowa in mixed matches against Paula Badosa / Grigor Dimitru (Spain / Polly). The 29-year-old has been using show fights to prepare for the Australian Open, where he has secured a place in the main draw thanks to a wild card. For the first time, ranking points are on the line for Thiem after the year-end ATP 250 Championship in Adelaide.
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