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Sport Early-bird Thiem advances to 4th round at French Open

16:30  02 october  2020
16:30  02 october  2020 Source:   ap.org

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Third seed Dominic Thiem surged into the second round at the French Open on Monday following a straight sets victory over the unseeded Croatian “But Roland Garros was where I had done the best before that. Two weeks isn’t much time to prepare but I’m really happy to be here and through

U.S. Open winner Thiem needed just 25 minutes to break Sock three times and storm through the first set 6-1. The third-seed, beaten by 19-times Grand Teenager Amanda Anisimova muscled her way into the third round of the French Open with a 6-2 6-0 demolition of fellow American Bernarda Pera

PARIS (AP) — Waking up early Friday for his third-round match at the French Open, Dominic Thiem was surprised to see that the morning skies were still dark.

Austria's Dominic Thiem plays a shot against Norway's Casper Ruud in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press Austria's Dominic Thiem plays a shot against Norway's Casper Ruud in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) Austria's Dominic Thiem plays a shot against Norway's Casper Ruud in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press Austria's Dominic Thiem plays a shot against Norway's Casper Ruud in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Yup, Roland Garros in autumn, when the sun is slower to rouse itself than during the usual May-June slot, takes some getting used to. But the U.S. Open champion is adjusting just fine.

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Thiem , who won his first Grand Slam title earlier this month when he beat Zverev at Flushing Meadows, continued his excellent form as he took the The son of former Australian Open champion Petr, Korda became the youngest American man to reach the Roland Garros third round since Andy

The French Open has been postponed until 20 September, a week after the scheduled finish of the US Open , amid the coronavirus outbreak, but this clashes with the Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy after beating Dominic Thiem in the 2019 final to secure a record-extending 12th French Open title.

Norway's Casper Ruud serves against Austria's Dominic Thiem in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press Norway's Casper Ruud serves against Austria's Dominic Thiem in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The runner-up last year and in 2018, both times to Rafael Nadal, advanced to the fourth round for the fifth consecutive time, with another straight-set victory at Roland Garros in this year's first encounter between seeded men.

The victim of the third-seeded Austrian's fierce backhand and super-quick court coverage under the new roof on Court Philippe Chatrier was No. 28 Casper Ruud, dispatched 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

In the women's draw, Polish teenager Iga Swiatek and third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine also advanced.

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Dominic Thiem in four sets to claim a record-extending 12th French Open title at Roland - Garros . Second seed Nadal saw off spirited resistance from Thiem before cracking the Austrian in a while 25-year-old Thiem managed to go one better by taking a set from his Spanish rival this time round , once

The 19-year-old Swiatek beat Canadian wild-card entry Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2. Swiatek has so far lost only 13 games and not dropped a set on her way to the fourth round for the second consecutive year.

Norway's Casper Ruud plays a shot against Austria's Dominic Thiem in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press Norway's Casper Ruud plays a shot against Austria's Dominic Thiem in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Svitolina defeated two-time French Open quarterfinalist Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 7-5.

The 27-year-old Thiem, who is bidding to become the first Austrian with multiple Grand Slam titles, has said he loves the chilly conditions that other players have grumbled about at this year's French Open, postponed from its usual time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, waking up in the players' bio-secured hotel at 7 a.m. for the first match Friday on Chatrier, he was taken aback that dawn had to yet to break, as it would have done in May.

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2019 French Open . Venue: Roland Garros , Paris Dates: 26 May-9 June. The Swiss, ranked 104th in the world, beat Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez in the opening round to set up Thiem and Zverev safely through. Fourth seed Dominic Thiem , the runner-up last year, moved into round three with a

D Thiem (4) v A Bublik S Williams (10) v K Nara C Garcia (24) v A Blinkova M Klizan v L Pouille (22). Suzanne Lenglen. A huge win for Dimitrov, who’s through to the third round in gutsy circumstances. That’s all from me today. Thanks for reading.

Austria's Dominic Thiem eyes the ball as he plays a shot in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Norway's Casper Ruud at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press Austria's Dominic Thiem eyes the ball as he plays a shot in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Norway's Casper Ruud at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

“Everything dark. Winter is almost coming," he said. "That was a little bit weird."

Thiem was broken only once, when he sent a forehand wide to give Ruud a 3-1 lead in the first set. He immediately broke back and converted six of his 15 break points in all. He also saved seven of the eight break points he faced.

Ruud was bidding to become only the second Norwegian to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam.

The first was his father and coach, Christian Ruud, at the Australian Open in 1997. He was watching Friday on Chatrier, which was again largely empty because of the daily limit of 1,000 spectators imposed on what is now the last Grand Slam of the year.

Norway's Casper Ruud plays a shot against Austria's Dominic Thiem in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler): Norway's Casper Ruud serves against Austria's Dominic Thiem in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © Provided by Associated Press Norway's Casper Ruud serves against Austria's Dominic Thiem in the third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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