Without the disqualified Novak Djokovic and the absent Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, the looks are especially focused on the Russian Daniil Medvedev, for his status as a finalist of the US Open 2019, and the Austrian Dominic Thiem, at 26 years of age, more than consolidated by the Big 3 waiting for his opportunity. One and the other could meet in the semifinals.
He could not with Rafa Nadal in the finals of Roland Garros 2018 and 2019, also did not achieve the award in the last Australian Open, where he did eliminate the manacorí but failed to knock down Djokovic despite pushing him to the limit.
The new surface of Flushing Meadows is faster than the one used in Melbourne, but Thiem is adapting to the conditions of the bubble of New York because a good opportunity has been opened to premiere Grand Slam honors.
Thiem, world No. 3, did not tremble to overwhelm the young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, 20 years and 21º ATP. Once he dominated the impressive distribution of clubs from the opening sleeve, he passed over the rival to prevail by 7-6 (4), 6-1 and 6-1 in 2h.07 ‘.
“The second and third sets are the best of my tournament so far. You have to keep it for the next match, ”Thiem stressed.
Next opponent, another rookie in such advanced rounds of the Grand Slam, the Australian Alex de Minaur, winner of Canadian Vasek Pospisil by 7-6 (6), 6-3 and 6-2.