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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Thiem rages in shock defeat to Aussie teen


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Aussie teenager Alexei Popyrin progressed to the third round after Dominic Thiem's shock retirement during their second round match at Melbourne Park.

Popyrin was ahead 7-5, 6-4, 2-0 in third set when Thiem retired in a massive moment for the 149th-ranked 19-year-old.

"It's never easy winning like this, but I just want to thank everyone that came out and supported me today. It's an unbelievable feeling ," Popyrin said at Melbourne Arena.

"I always thought I was in the match, but when I won the second set, that's when it kicked in.

" I really love playing in arenas like this, so there are no nerves for me. I'm just really looking forward to giving my best in the next round. "

It was easily the biggest win of Popyrin's career, having shown up the world no.8 at his first grand slam appearance, and the Aussie sent a warning to future opponents that he intends to continue his rise.

" I'd like to break the top 100 first and we'll see from there. I just want to keep improving and getting experiences like this," Popyrin said.

During a frustrating match for the Thiem, the Austrian released some serious racquet rage in the first set as it became clear Popyrin would be no walkover.

The teen was putting the seventh-seed under a whole lot of pressure early, and after being broken by the Sydney-born up-and-comer, Thiem destroyed his racquet.

"After he lost the game to go down 6-5, emotionally it got away from him ," Todd Woodbridge said on the Nine broadcast.

"It's going to cost you a couple of dollars ," Dylan Alcott commented.

"That'll be somewhere between $2000-5000," Woodbridge added.

Popyrin went on to win that set and backed it up by winning the second set before Thiem surprisingly approached the umpire and retired early into the third.

Aussie teenager Alexei Popyrin progressed to the third round after Dominic Thiem's shock retirement during their second round match at Melbourne Park.

Popyrin was ahead 7-5, 6-4, 2-0 in third set when Thiem retired in a massive moment for the 149th-ranked 19-year-old.

"It's never easy winning like this, but I just want to thank everyone that came out and supported me today. It's an unbelievable feeling ," Popyrin said at Melbourne Arena.

"I always thought I was in the match, but when I won the second set, that's when it kicked in.

" I really love playing in arenas like this, so there are no nerves for me. I'm just really looking forward to giving my best in the next round. "

It was easily the biggest win of Popyrin's career, having shown up the world no.8 at his first grand slam appearance, and the Aussie sent a warning to future opponents that he intends to continue his rise.

" I'd like to break the top 100 first and we'll see from there. I just want to keep improving and getting experiences like this," Popyrin said.

During a frustrating match for the Thiem, the Austrian released some serious racquet rage in the first set as it became clear Popyrin would be no walkover.

The teen was putting the seventh-seed under a whole lot of pressure early, and after being broken by the Sydney-born up-and-comer, Thiem destroyed his racquet.

"After he lost the game to go down 6-5, emotionally it got away from him ," Todd Woodbridge said on the Nine broadcast.

"It's going to cost you a couple of dollars ," Dylan Alcott commented.

"That'll be somewhere between $2000-5000," Woodbridge added.

Popyrin went on to win that set and backed it up by winning the second set before Thiem surprisingly approached the umpire and retired early into the third.

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