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Second seed Dominic Thiem books his place in the US Open second round on Tuesday against Jaume Munar.

Dominic Thiem Moves Into US Open Second Round

Austrian star to play Nagal next

Dominic Thiem moved into the US Open second round on Tuesday after winning the first two sets, 7-6(6), 6-3, against Jaume Munar, who subsequently retired due to injury.

“I was happy with the way I was fighting, because it wasn’t easy to play him,” said Thiem in an on-court interview. “The courts are very different this year, the court seemed to be slow inside (on Louis Armstrong stadium). It was a little bit windy, but we had some good rallies. I felt I was playing good. I played a good tie-break, which was pretty comfortable, then I’m sorry for what has happened.”

Thiem, who suffered a shock first-round exit at the recent Western & Southern Open, can further strengthen his position at No. 3 in the FedEx ATP Rankings with a deep run, as he has just 10 points to defend. 

Thiem, who now has a 4-0 record against Munar in their ATP Head2Head series, took early control of the match, breaking in the fifth game. But Munar dug deep to take a 6-5 advantage, prior to Thiem playing superbly in the tie-break and taking a 2-0 lead in the second set. While Munar recovered, a slip on the baseline midway through the second set proved to be critical. From 3-3, Thiem won 12 of the next 15 points, and closed out a two sets lead with his ninth ace – one of 33 winners in the one-hour and 55-minute encounter.

World No. 3 Thiem, runner-up at three major championships (2018-19 Roland Garros and 2020 Australian Open), is now 10-5 on the season. He will now face Indian Sumit Nagal, who recorded his first match win at a Grand Slam with a 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Bradley Klahn.

Later in the afternoon on day two, Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, completed his eighth comeback from 0-2 sets down. The No. 31 seed battled past American Denis Kudla 6-7(3), 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3, to bounce back from a first-round exit last week at the Western & Southern Open.

The Croatian now challenges Norbert Gombos, who recorded his first victory at a Grand Slam championship (now 1-4) with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 win over Radu Albot.

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