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Thiem Completes Opening Win In New York

Dominic Thiem, one of the hardest working players on the ATP World Tour, completed his rain-interrupted first-round encounter against wild card Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in one hour and 49 minutes on Wednesday at the US Open. The pair’s first meeting restarted on Grandstand with Thiem leading 1-0 in the third set.

The sixth-seeded Austrian won 10 straight games from a 0-1 deficit in the second set against his 18-year-old Australian opponent and will next face #NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz in the second round. It will be their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

Dominic Thiem lost just eight of his first-service points in beating Alex de Minaur on Wednesday at the US Open.
"Sets two and three were really decent, and the biggest thing I have to do now is probably to just continue like this, because the first set was not good," said Thiem. "It was [a] pretty nervous start, but then it really got better. I [will] try to start off tomorrow like I finished yesterday and today."
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Thiem, contesting his 21st tournament of the season, has posted a 42-19 match record in 2017. Over the next fortnight, he will be hoping to better his US Open fourth-round runs in 2014 (l. to Berdych) and 2016 (l. to del Potro), and also further improve his chances of qualifying for the second straight year to the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 7-11 November at The O2 in London.

The 19-year-old Fritz celebrated his first Grand Slam victory in his seventh attempt as he defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. Fritz struck 36 winners and capitalised on five of his 10 break point chances to clinch the match in just under two hours.

Fritz, the 2016 ATP Star of Tomorrow presented by Emirates, has his sights set on the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals, to take place in Milan from 7-11 November. He reached the quarter-finals in his past two tour-level appearances, in Los Cabos at the start of the month (l. to Kokkinakis) and in Winston-Salem last week (l. to Bautista Agut), and entered New York at No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Race to London.

“It just felt so good. You know, just the emotions of finally winning my first Grand Slam match, I have had to wait a really, really long time for it,” Fritz said. “I just approached it with nothing to lose, not put too much pressure on myself, play my game.”

Later in the day, Czech No. 15 seed Tomas Berdych extended his perfect record (4-0) against American Ryan Harrison with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(4) victory for a place in the second round. Berdych, the 2012 semi-finalist, recovered from a 0-3 deficit in the first set and saved one set point 5-6 in the third set, when Harrison served at 40/30. He now challenges Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who worked his way past Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/thiem-bautista-agut-berdych-us-open-2017-wednesday

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