(Metz) Austrian Dominic Thiem continues his strong comeback since this summer, with his success Wednesday 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) over Frenchman Richard Gasquet (83).e Wimer) in the first round of the ATP 250 Championships in Metz.
Updated yesterday at 3:51pm.
“I was happy to play against Richard (Gasquet, editor’s note),” rejoiced the Austrian, who was sidelined from June 2021 to March 2022 due to a wrist operation.
“There were long rallies and I am relieved to have resumed victorious after having had a good week,” added Tim, the former world number three, dropping the day to 182.e A place in the ATP but located in Metz thanks to its protected classification.
The Austrian came out of his defeat in the final match in the Rennes Challenger against Frenchman Ugo Humbert. He had reached the semi-finals for the first time at the end of July in Gstaad since the Masters 1000 in Madrid in May 2021.
After losing his serve 3-1, Tim, who played with lines and cushioning, broke Gasquet’s serve which doubled the errors (6-3).
In the second set, the Austrian was broken again with a 3-2 score but quickly recovered 4-4 on a double fault from the Frenchman, before taking his first match point at 5-4. Gasquet saved her, before he could go to the tiebreak, collapsing under the hit of his opponent (7-3).
In the next round, TIM will face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, 10 years olde in the ATP.
“I missed playing better,” Gasquet lamented. “In tennis there is one opponent and whoever wins is better than the other. I did not serve well, my game fits him well and I made mistakes.”
In other matches, Swiss Stan Wawrinka scored (284 .).e world), after exiting the qualifiers to which he was called, won easily, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2, Portuguese Joao Sousa (55)e).
Former N.3 World Championship winner, Wawrinka will challenge Daniil Medvedev, 4e The world, the next round.
Swede Mikael Ymir (100eDominated by Frenchman Adrien Mannarino (47 .).e) and Benjamin Ponzi (61 .)eHe emerged victorious (6-2, 6-1) from the Franco-French duel with Ugo Humbert (110 .).e), who had already defeated him in the first round of the US Open.