Tennis, Rennes/Szczecin: Dominic Thiem and Dennis Novak lose in Challenger final

Sunday didn’t have a cheerful ending for Dominic Thiem or Dennis Novak with the Challenger title. Two Austrians had been in the finals in Rennes and Szczecin (Stettin). Thiem had no probability towards France’s Hugo Humbert on the ATP Challenger 90 match in Brittany and misplaced 3: 6, 0: 6 after 75 minutes. Novak misplaced the second Austro-French final towards Corentin Moute 2-6,7-6(5),4-6 after 2:26 hours.

“It did not work out immediately for a number of causes. First, the opponent performed very nicely and did not give me time, and then I did not reap the benefits of the few alternatives in the primary set,” Thiem later analyzed. recreation. “I used to be by no means forward, I used to be working after the entire match.” In the second spherical, he made it too simple for his opponent after dropping serve early.

Looking on the week, the positives prevail. “It’s the primary time in a very long time that I’ve performed 5 matches and I’ve performed all 5 matches at full depth.” The former US Open champion stated he needed to get used to it once more. “The pressure in the match continues to be not proper, typically an excessive amount of, typically not sufficient.” There are nonetheless issues to enhance throughout, however: “I can see that the work of the previous few weeks has been appropriate.”

Thiem had no probability in the second set

Thiem trailed 1:3 in the primary battle with Humbert after dropping serve. As a consequence, Lichtenwerter missed three break possibilities to make it 2-3, two possibilities to make it 3-4 and needed to give up the primary set 3-6. After that, the air appeared to have gone out of the previous quantity three, and Thiem was not enjoying the sport.

Thiem has now moved as much as 182 in the ATP rankings and will stay in France subsequent week. Thiem, who will as soon as once more use the injury-protected rating on the Moselle Open in Metz, will face one other Frenchman, specifically veteran Richard Gasquet. If he wins, he’ll face Polish quantity two Hubert Hurkach in the second spherical. Thiem hopes to take the momentum from Rennes with him. “It was an excellent begin to the final a part of the season. I hope to achieve my purpose of coming into the highest 100 on the finish of the 12 months.”

The greatest seed in Metz is Russian Daniil Medvedev. ÖTV Davis Cup participant Jurij Rodionov was eradicated in the primary qualifying spherical after scoring the fourth and final level towards Pakistan in Tulln on Saturday. He misplaced to Gregoire Barre (FRA) 4:6,7:6(4),2:6.

For Novak, who just lately turned a father for the second time, a visit to Poland for the ATP Challenger 125 match introduced 75 ATP factors and €10,770 in prize cash (gross). He climbed 25 locations in the ATP rankings and is now ranked 111th as the highest Austrian.

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