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