Dominic Thiem suffered defeat in the first match against local champion Alex de Minaur in the traditional showings tournament before the Australian Open. On Wednesday, the lower Austrian meets American Frances Tiafoe.
In immediate preparation for the Australian Open, Dominic Thiem was beaten on Tuesday at the traditional Kooyong Classic tournament, which is also being held in Melbourne.
Thiem is content to make his debut in the Championship of Shows despite the defeat
Dominic Thiem had to concede defeat to local champion Alex de Minaur 4: 6.4: 6. World No. 99. He was content with a short-term appearance in the Melbourne suburb of Koyeong, where the Australian Open was held until 1987. “It wasn’t a bad match. First And above all, it was good to have the chance to play there. I just got the information two days ago that I could play there because (Carlos) Alcaraz was cancelled. It’s a good preparation. The match against de Minor was ‘good’,’ said Thiem. Especially the breaks I took were good.”
Conditions at the Kooyong facility, six kilometers from the Australian Open stadium, are slightly different from those at Melbourne Park. “But overall I was happy with the match and it definitely helps with the preparation.”
Sign in Tim for the start of the Australian Open
Tim is looking forward to his 32nd Grand Slam tournament and his ninth “Happy Slam” appearance. “The Australian Open has already given me so many beautiful moments, as well as many legendary matches. That’s why I’m always happy when I come back,” Thiem may recall, among other things, his journey to the 2020 final, when it was his turn after beating the top 10. The first, Gael Monfils (10), Rafael Nadal (1) and Alexander Zverev (7), before failing in the final in five sets against Novak Djokovic (2).
“First and foremost I want to enjoy it now,” said Thiem. “Each of the four Grand Slams is something very special in our sport. At the same time, of course, I want to make sure I’m playing as well as I can.” His body works very well. “I’m in good spirits for the new season and hopefully I’m off to a good start in Melbourne.” Thiem also outlined his training under the conditions of the match at Melbourne Park on Thursday: there he meets German Zverev.
Also Julia Graber in the main competition for the Australian Open
It is now also clear that only the main women’s competitor from Austria will be Julia Graber at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday. After Sinja Krause the day before, Barbara Haas also lost in the first qualifying round on Tuesday. The Austrian top lost to Russia’s No. 29 Erika Andreiwa 4:6, 1:6. Of the total five Austrians, only Jurij Rodionov and Sebastian Ofner remain in the knockout round, both of whom will play their second-round qualifying match on Wednesday. Rodionov vs Bulgaria’s Adrian Andrejo and Ofner vs Chile’s top seed Alejandro Tabelo.
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