MASTERS – Dominic Thiem hit hard on Sunday night in London. Aggressive and authoritarian, the Austrian logically dominated in two sets (7-5, 7-5) a rusty Roger Federer. The Swiss are already in a very complicated situation in this group Borg, where a certain Novak Djokovic rode also …
Thiem has entered Federer's head
Very precise to the revival and aggressive on his second shot of racket, Thiem went to seek the game in the end of sets with authority, like these two balls of debreak saved in the last game of the match. He was impressed by his ability to strike hard in forehand, often making the difference in shift in the opponent's replacement. Very determined and sure of himself, he was much stronger mentally in moments of tension.
Federer, for his part, never managed to relax completely in this match. Breaked from entry, he quickly got back on track and served rather well (69% first round, 5 aces for no double fault), but failed to maintain a constant level of concentration. The pressure of this first game probably played, or maybe it was lacking pace after his stalemate in Paris-Bercy, still is that two games redacted at 5 everywhere in both rounds have cost him dear.
For the first time since 2008, Switzerland might not see the last four. Because if he had been able to recover after his misstep last year, he had not had to get rid of a Djokovic on mission to achieve it. Arrived in London with great ambitions, it will be difficult to recover from this inaugural cold shower. One thing is certain: the victory will be imperative Tuesday against Matteo Berrettini to preserve hope.