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Djokovic stunned by Thiem

22 April, 2018, 07:09 | Author: Drew Briggs
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"I'm feeling like it's been getting better every day", Djokovic added after losing 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 6-3 to Thiem. He took it when Struff hit a powerful forehand narrowly wide, and let out a yell of relief.

At deuce, Coric successfully overturned a call to get a break point but Djokovic saved it with an ace.

A day after needing 10 match points to advance, Djokovic didn't even come close to getting one. Another ace made it No. 8, but Djokovic's tame forehand allowed Coric an easy forehand victor.

Djokovic now had his rhythm, his precision, his demanding angles, and outplayed Thiem in several long backhand exchanges.

The Austrian had the first set within reach at 5-3 until a dip in quality opened the door for Djokovic, who broke back and celebrated with a roar that was matched by the crowd.

"It's the ultimate challenge for everybody, to play against him (Nadal)", said Thiem.

World number seven Thiem lost his way after a bright start in the first set against a resurgent Djokovic, but he recovered to punch his ticket to the last eight.

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The 30-time Masters 1000 champion said he hardly thinks about his right elbow anymore, which had bothered him for the past two and a half years. "I look forward to building more confidence on the court, to get my game on a desired level.". Thiem has shown great fight this tournament, as he's dug himself out of a hole twice and has served at a high level in his first two matches. "I was surprised to see he only got a warning", Goffin said. I played little bit better than yesterday.

"It was a good victory - straight sets against a hard opponent", said Nadal. But it was only a brief reprieve, because Nadal took his next chance when his Slovenian opponent whipped a forehand into the net. Thiem won five straight games to claim the second set and the last four in the decisive third set after falling behind 3-2.

Nadal faces Russia's Karen Khachanov in the third round on Thursday, a man who can do some damage. [ALSO LIKE] "Obviously patience is required, trust in the process, believing in myself, in my game, people around me". Novak have been better than him, than Dominic, during that period of time.

Rafa Nadal has won his 75th ATP title with victory in Beijing.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion, now ranked 13, had said he was pain-free in Monte Carlo for the first time in two years, but Thiem backed up his French Open quarter-final win over the Serbian from last year with another impressive victory. "I played without pain in the elbow which is important", Djokovic said.

Roberto Bautista Agut was not happy after dropping his serve in the second set against David Goffin and he hit a ball into the ground in frustration, unknowingly sending it into the direction of a ball boy. Cilic, the Australian Open runnerup, will play Kei Nishikori or Andreas Seppi.


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