‘I am not a machine,’ says Dominic Thiem after his Australian Open campaign comes to a limp end

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Dominic Thiem looking perplexed

He had some physical issues, but Dominic Thiem admits he just had a “real bad day” during his Australian Open fourth-round defeat at the hands of Grigor Dimitrov.

After producing a stunning comeback in the previous round to beat Nick Kyrgios in five sets after being two sets down, Thiem struggled to get going on Sunday as he slumped to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 loss.

The reigning US Open champion admitted after the match that a “combination of things” contributed to his downfall.

“I think a combination of some things, some little physical issues, plus a real bad day, plus the fact that, well, he’s a great player,” he said.

“So a combination of those three things, and a result like that can happen.”

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When he was asked about his physical problems, he replied: “I don’t want to go closer to them. I don’t want to find any excuses.

“But the thing also is that I’m also not a machine. I mean, sometimes I would like to be, but there are really, really bad days.

“As soon as you’re not a hundred per cent there on the court on this level, then results like this come up, and that’s exactly what happened today.”

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