MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2014
Thiem Stuns Wawrinka In Madrid
by ATP Staff|
"I cannot really believe it," he admitted. "I was in this famous zone during the match. I was unbelievably concentrated. I think that's how you can play these very good matches, if you are 100 per cent concentrated and 100 per cent out on the court."
Thiem, who has come through qualifying seven times this season, broke the reigning Australian Open champion in the final game to clinch his first victory over a Top 10 player. He bounced back strongly after a one-sided opening set, going on to save all three break points faced and capitalise on three of his four chances.
"Of course I was a little bit nervous, but it wasn't the reason for the first set," Thiem said. "His pace was just too high for me.
"I played a good game in the beginning of the second set to break him, and then I started to get more and more used to his pace and angles and his game, [which is] probably one of the best men's tennis has at the moment. Also, I played unbelievable the second and the third set."
Watch Wawrinka's Stunning Netcord
Wawrinka lost just his fourth match this season, and fell in his tournament opener for the first time since last October in Basel.
"I was hesitating with my game and he went for it and deserved to win," said the Swiss. "He's a good player. We all know that. We all see that, especially since the beginning of the year. I'm not surprised because I know him."
At 20 years and eight months, Thiem is currently the youngest player inside the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and also the youngest to defeat a Top 3 opponent since a 20-year-old Juan Martin del Potro upset No. 3 Rafael Nadal and No. 1 Roger Federer at the 2009 US Open. Marin Cilic, also 20 at the time, beat No. 2 Andy Murray in the fourth round of the US Open that year.
The "Dominator" began the season at No. 139 and is currently at a career-high No. 70 Emirates ATP Ranking, breaking into the Top 100 after reaching the second round in Rotterdam, where he extended a sixth-ranked Andy Murray to a third set. Thiem also reached the third round as a qualifier on his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 debut this past March in Indian Wells (l. to Benneteau).
"This year I've played very good so far, played also very consistent," he said. "I made seven out of eight qualies, and the quali matches, they help a lot. I get used to the level of the Top 100 guys, and I think I've already had 35 matches this year. That's the most important, to play almost every day against these top guys to increase your own level."