Dominic Thiem was one of the favorites to win the Australian Open 2021 and hence, his second Grand Slam title. However, the Austrian lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round and crashed out. Even more startling was the fact that the loss was a straight-sets one. Dimitrov was far superior as he even achieved a bagel en route his win over Thiem. The final scoreline was 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 in favor of the Bulgarian.
Dimitrov didn’t last long however, as an unfortunate injury during his match with Grand Slam debutant Aslan Karatsev meant he went crashing out as well. Karatsev has now made it to the semi-final and scripted history in the process, becoming the first Grand Slam debutant to make it to the semi-finals.
Dominic Thiem’s father slams Gunter Bresnik
Dominic Thiem’s father spoke in an interview about Thiem’s former coach Gunter Bresnik and said, “I think the whole hodgepodge of Lockdown and, among other things, a statement from his ex-trainer Bresnik, where he said again that Dominic owes everything to him, he trained him as an athlete and also as a person – something like that Of course it sticks.” (according to Google Translate)
Bresnik had earlier said, “He was fully trained by me – as a player and as a person. Everything now is the result of this training. The player he is today is purely because of me.” Responding to the statement, Thiem’s father said, “Bresnik has to take a bit of control because he definitely didn’t train him as a person. It’s up to the family, and my wife and I did it. He has to do it a bit deal more carefully. Of course, something like that is a burden, that is no question.”
Thiem would desperately be looking to make a comeback in future tournaments and Grand Slams in 2021.