India’s Sumit Nagal hopes of reaching the third spherical have been dashed by a rampant Dominic Thiem, who eased into the following spherical of the US Open on Thursday with a straight-sets win on his birthday. The Austrian celebrated turning 27 by defeating Sumit Nagal 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 inside an empty Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I used to be attempting to play my quickest tennis to maintain him on the backhand, to not let him dictate with the forehand. I did that very properly at present,” mentioned Thiem. The world quantity three will play 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in spherical three.
“He is one of many massive champions of the final decade, one of many only a few gamers, lively gamers, who gained a Grand Slam match right here in New York,” mentioned Dominic Thiem.
“Regardless that for certain he is not on the highest of his sport, starting of this yr, perhaps additionally final yr, he is at all times harmful for an enormous and deep run in these massive tournaments.
“It is not a man I wish to face within the third spherical,” he added.
Nagal had develop into the primary Indian man since 2013 to achieve the second spherical of a Grand Slam. He defeated Bradley Klahn of america 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 within the opening spherical of the US Open.
Nonetheless, Thiem turned out to be on a distinct stage altogether, hardly giving a sniff regardless of making quite a few unforced errors.
Thiem mentioned it was tough taking part in in entrance of empty stands on the US Nationwide Tennis Heart due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“In destructive moments the followers’ power can get you up once more. Now you play a terrific level and it is full silence. That’s robust.
“Hopefully that is the one or one in every of only a few slams the place we have now the scenario like that,” Thiem added.
Cilic, seeded 31st, took 4 units to beat Slovakian Norbert Gombos 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5.
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