Plans changed, instead of Buenos Aires, Dominic decided to stay in Australia, because there was still a challenger after Australian Open.Neville Smith Forst Products (75k)fifth seed
Round 1 -> bye
Round 2 vs Matteo Viola (#229) -> Thiem had to win first game from being 0-30 down, he did, and he also broke Viola in the next game to make it 2/0. Viola won his only game of the first set after being 0/5 down. Viola was losing it for himself, he had only four winners and 17 errors. His tactic to finish every rally after first hit was much more successful in the second set. He had 26 winners and also 26 errors, he made Thiem to go to tiebreak, Viola was 5-3 up, but Thiem turned it around for 6-5 lead, but he didn't use any of his 3 match points and lost the tiebreak 8-10. So it was time for Match tiebreak, Viola still played better and better, he had 2 Matchpoints at 9-7, first one was saved by Thiem after a backhand winner, the other was saved by Viola himself after he made his first and only doublefault of the match. It came to 10-10 and Thiem finally tried to do something from the rally and he made great backhand and then also forhand winner for the 6/1 6/7(8) 12-10 win. Much harder win than it looked after first set.
Round 3 vs Ivo Minar (#198) -> Pfffh, Thiem saved 2 BPs in the first game of the match, only to win Minar's serve next game, he then was more sure on his own serve and finished the set 6/3, Second set was even, it looked to me like Dominic could win it here, but he didn't, instead of it he lost the his serve at 3/4 and Minar served the set out to win it 6/3. Match tiebreak looked like it could be over really soon, It was 4-4, when Thiem scored 5 in the row to make it 9-5, Thiem started to make errors, Minar started to make winners and it was 9-9 in no time, 4 match points lost, 10-9, 11-10, 12-11, 13-12, 14-13, nine match points loss, it was really freaking frustrating, but on 15-14, Thiem finally served good and finished the match 16-14 in master tiebreak. I really need to up my game after I made it harder with the sweet spot scale thing, it's more realistic regarding errors, but also very very tough to play.
Quaterfinals vs Viktor Troicki (3, #105) -> Classic start from Thiem, quick break for 2/0, at 5/3 he turn game over from being 0-40 down and won the first set 6/3. Both held their first service games of the second set, and both lost the second one to make it 2/2. And Thiem made the same mistake as in every match, he started to play defensively and it cost him the set 3/6, same mistake every time. Same as last time, Dominic dominated the match tiebreak from the beginning, he lost just one serve and won most of the opponent's, he went for 9-3, and surprise surprisem he actually finished the match and won 10-3!
That gives us second challenger semifinal from second try.
Semifinals vs Sam Groth (q, #348) -> I wasn't scared of anything alse than his serve and he exactly showed why I should be scared, From his first 2 games he scored 5 aces, 3 of those from second serve, but when it came to rally, Thiem was unstoppable, but Groth got in to it with time and when it was 6/6 he was leading 9-8 on return points, but tiebreak was unexpectadly easy for Dominic, Groth lost his serve every time, and Domi just once, so he managed to win the tiebreak 7-1. With this bad form Groth had to start second set on serve, Thiem had his first breakpoint, but Groth managed to get away this time, he was even on deuce next game on Domi's serve, but Dominic won it to make it to 1/1, Thiem had breakpoints in the next game too and he broke Groth for the first time in the match to go to the 2/1 lead. And Thiem was seriously concentrating on every his serve and lost 7 points on his serve in the second set and won it in the end 6/4 to reach the final.
Final vs Amer Delic (16, #178) -> Should have been win, it wasn't... This time Thiem didn't even go for a break in the start, but he lost his own and that one serve wasn't given back for Thiem and lost 3/6 in the first set. In the start of the second set he lost again, he got back from 0/2 to 2/2, but Delic made it back to 4/2 for him and served the match out really without trouble to get the title after 6/3 6/4 win..Quick Results
R1 - bye
R2 - (5)Thiem
d. Viola 6/1 6/7(8) 12-10
R3 - (5)Thiem
d. Minar 6/3 3/6 16-14
QF - (5)Thiem
d. Troicki(3) 6/3 3/6 10-3
SF - (5)Thiem
d. Groth 7/6(1) 6/4
F - (5)Thiem l. Delic(16)
Tough final loss, Delic was better, made little to none mistakes and was just better than Thiem..
55 points and move to 110th posititon
Next stop is in Brazil, as we will try to qualify to Rio de Janeiro!!