A terrific start, a terrible end. A performance Dominic Thiem will want to forget quickly.

After an hour Dominic Thiem was steam rolling to victory against Juan Martin Del Potro but after being up 6-1 6-2 with the Argentine hitting 1 winner in 15 games but then suddenly we saw a side to Thiem that we haven’t seen for some time and something I hope we don’t see again was a complete capitulation from the Austrian.

Thiem’s game is big, his played big and it’s helped him reach the latter stages of the big time and we saw him pushing Del Potro around with that big swinging serve which I’d put up there with Nadal on his serve and that forehand but how did it go from outstanding to awful?

It was a weird match. Del Potro was two sets down and couldn’t move properly but the crowd were continuously cheering Del Po for almost a good hour and it seemed to get under Thiem’s skin and if anything tried too hard at this point and once the errors sneak in getting them to go away is another challenge.

If anything he was trying too hard and we see this below…

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Image Credit – US Open / Eurosport

I can’t describe this body position right now. Del Potro has just played a slice into the backhand corner of Thiem who has time to run around and maybe flick an inside-out forehand up the line (green line) but tries to slice back and stumbles into the ball going into the net and falling 1-5 down. His body is scrunched up and can’t find that shot which will prolong the rally in his favour.

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Image Credit – US Open / Eurosport

Fast forward a bit more to the second service game for Thiem in set four and the look says it all he overcooked that forehand so much whether it was wide or long and it cost him place in the quarter finals.

The first half of the performance was excellent but the second half was one to forget and hopefully a one off for the Austrian.

 

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