In probably the upset of the tournament so far, Grigor Dimitrov defeated last year’s finalist Dominic Thiem for a place in his fourth Australian Open quarter-final. In a very one-sided affair, the Bulgarian got the better of the Austrian 6-4,6-4,6-0.
In the post match interview, Dimitrov said that he was trying to focus on the game and praised Thiem and gave credit to his focus. On his next opponent, he said that its not a fairytale and that he will be ready as his opponent is a dangerous player.
“I thought I kept the ball rolling and was trying to focus on my game plan,” said Dimitrov. “I stayed focused and composed throughout the match. I am very happy to be in the quarter-finals. I thought I had great preparation coming into the tournament and wanted to pace myself, working hard off the court. Dominic is an extraordinary player and I enjoy playing against him.”
“Some little physical issues, plus a real bad day, plus the fact that he’s a great player”: Dominic Thiem on his defeat
Dominic Thiem was one of the favorites to win the tournament and his 4th round exit has shocked everyone. Although he struggled with his fitness, the Austrian gave all the credit to Dimitrov for the win.
“I think a combination of [a few] things, some little physical issues, plus a real bad day, plus the fact that he’s a great player,” said Thiem. “If he’s on, he’s super tough to play, especially in faster conditions than now, and I really wish that he can make a great breakthrough at a Grand Slam. He would definitely deserve it.”
“Some little physical issues. I don’t want to talk closer than them. I don’t want to find excuses. The thing is also, I’m not a machine. I’d like to be.”