Dominic Thiem Roland Garros 2020

‘I got the reward for fighting’ – Dominic Thiem beats Fucsovics at Italian Open

Dominic Thiem said he has to “hurt opponents more with shots” after winning “a great match” against Marton Fucsovics at the Italian Open.

The world No. 4 battled through to the third round of the Masters 1000 event today with a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 win against the Hungarian.

The Austrian came from a break down in the second set and was two points from defeat in the tiebreak, before storming through the deciding set.

“It was such a close match, especially in the second set. I knew he’d be a super-tough opponent, particularly coming from different conditions in Madrid,” said Thiem in a post-match interview.

“I was fighting all the match and stayed in there. At the end, I got the reward for fighting. I had difficulties with my timing and my serve. I have to hurt my opponent more with my shots. I still won a great match and I will try to improve for tomorrow.”

The 27-year-old will play Lorenzo Sonego in the last 16 on Thursday.

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