Dominic Thiem misplaced in the ultimate of the onerous court docket event on the ATP Challenger in Rennes. The former world quantity three had no probability in opposition to native French hero Hugo Humbert on Sunday and misplaced 3-6 0-6 after simply 75 minutes. Dennis Novak additionally missed out on the Challenger title, with the 29-year-old shedding to the world quantity 84 in his second Austro-France ultimate on clay. Corentin Moutet 2:6 7:6 (7/5) a lot nearer after 2:26 hours by 4:6.
“There had been no outcomes right this moment for a number of causes. First, the opponent performed very nicely and didn’t give me time, then I didn’t benefit from the few alternatives in the primary set,” Thiem later analyzed the sport. “I did not take the lead as soon as both, I watched the entire match.” In the second spherical, he made it too straightforward for his opponent after shedding 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 additionally performed 5 full matches.” The former US Open champion stated he needed to study it another time. “The pressure in the match remains to be not proper, typically an excessive amount of, typically too little.” There’s nonetheless room for enchancment in all places, however: “I can see that the previous couple of weeks of labor have gone nicely.”
After the skin sentence, Thiem is ethereal
In the primary combat with Humbert, Thiem trailed 3-1 after shedding serve. As a end result, the decrease Austrian missed three rake alternatives, ending the rating at 2:3, two at 3:4, and had to surrender the primary set with a rating of three:6. After that, the air appeared to have gone out of the previous world quantity three, and Thiem was now not taking part in the sport. The 29-year-old has now climbed to 182 in the ATP rankings and can 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, particularly 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 aim of coming into the highest 100 by the tip of the 12 months.”
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev is in the lead. ÖTV Davis Cup participant Jurij Rodionov was eradicated in the primary qualifying spherical after scoring the fourth and ultimate level in opposition to Pakistan in Tulln on Saturday. He misplaced to Gregoire Barre (FRA) 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 2-6.
Novak stays the perfect Austrian
Novak, who just lately turned a father for the second time, earned no less than 75 ATP factors and €10,770 in prize cash (gross) en path to the ATP Challenger 125 event in Poland. He climbed 25 locations in the ATP rankings and is now ranked 111th as the highest Austrian.