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Dominic Thiem and Martin Klizan have faced each other twice on clay so far, twice the Slovak won. At the third clash on the red ashes Austria's number one turned the tables. In the final match of the day on the center court of Monte Carlo, "Domi" defeated the 29-year-old left-hander with 6: 1, 6: 4.
Thiem rushes into the second round
Although the first round was a clear affair, Thiem had to fight hard at the beginning. Only after he had the first service game after twelve minutes in the bag, it was almost like by themselves. 1: 0, 2: 0, 3: 0, 4: 0 - at the latest after the double break Klizans resistance was broken.
While the error rate in the world ranking 50th skyrocketing, Thiem played extremely solid. With another break to the set win, the Indian Wells champion closed the bag.
Late break in set two
However, Thiem could not maintain this dominance over the entire playing time. In the second round, he rarely managed to attack Klizan's serve. For example, at the level of 3: 2, when the world ranking five had four break chances. That's it! When Klizan served against the match loss, the "Dominator" was back on the spot. Despite a 40-0 lead for the Slovaks, he made the final break and was allowed to cheer.
Thiem's eighth-final opponent is currently being determined between David Goffin and Dusan Lajovic.
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