The Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem, came close to ruining a 5-1 lead at the Vienna Open and ended up winning 6-4, 7-5 before the Ukrainian Vitaliy Sachko.
The local star and champion of the recent US Open struggled against Sachko, number 529 in the ranking. The Ukrainian made his debut in an ATP Tour tournament by replacing Kei Nishikori, who was discharged with a shoulder injury.
The defending champion went up 5-1, but gave up his next serve games before breaking Sachko’s serve again with the score 5-4.
Was the Thiem’s 10th consecutive win in Austria, after being crowned in both Kitzbuehel and Vienna last year.
Thiem will face the winner of the duel between the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka and the chilean Cristian Garin.
With a strict sanitary protocol, the tournament in Vienna allowed a thousand spectators to enter the Stadthalle arena with a maximum capacity of nine thousand.
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