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Dominic Thiem Australian Open 2021

‘It was super interesting to play against him,’ Dominic Thiem battles through in Doha

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Dominic Thiem has withstood the challenge of Russian Aslan Karatsev to make it through to the quarter-finals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. 

Dominic Thiem has won his first match since losing in the Australian Open fourth round last month. The 2020 US Open Champion defeated Aslan Karatsev from a set down 6-7 6-3 6-2 in their first ATP Tour meeting.

“Well, to be honest, it’s inot my first match against him,’ admitted Thiem in his on-court post-match interview. ‘We played in juniors, 10 or 11 years ago, and he also practiced with us in Vienna.

“But of course he was raising his level so much in the last six months, especially in Melbourne at the Australian Open,” Thiem added, in reference to Karatsev’s improbable run to the semi-finals down under.

“[It’s] always exciting to play against somebody for the first time on the ATP Tour, somebody you’ve never faced. I enjoyed it a lot today.”

Dominic Thiem will face the 2019 Doha champion and fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut next in the quarter-finals.


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