Dominic Thiem’s return from an extended harm layoff ended prematurely within the quarterfinals on Friday as he went all the way down to Sebastian Baez of Argentina within the Nordea Open in Bastad.
Baez quelled a second-set comeback by Thiem as he went on to win 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4 in a hard-fought contest.
The Argentine soaked up Thiem’s heavy ball putting and recovered from squandering a match level on the Austrian’s serve at 5-4 within the second set to finally advance after two hours and 51 minutes.
“It was such a troublesome match. So shut,” Baez stated in his on-court interview after the match.
“Dominic performed nicely in the present day and I hope to see extra of him as a result of he is a superb participant, so I hope he can return to the extent we all know. I’m completely satisfied I gained in the present day and to remain within the event,” Baez was quoted as saying in a report by the ATP Tour.
“I believe we each performed nicely in the present day, I loved the battle. The event and the grounds are good, so I’m completely satisfied to remain right here. The persons are so good, I really feel comfy. I now have to recuperate as finest as I can,” the winner added.
The previous World No. 3 Thiem earned his first tour-level win in 14 months when he defeated Emil Ruusuvuori within the first spherical earlier than eliminating fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
Nevertheless, the Austrian, who missed the second half of final season as a consequence of harm, was unable to deal with Baez’s depth within the third set, with the 21-year-old triumphing in his first ATP assembly in opposition to the 2020 US Open champion Thiem.
Baez is making his debut in Bastad and can face Andrey Rublev or Serbian Laslo Djere within the final 4. The Argentine clinched his maiden tour-level title on clay in Estoril in April and is now as much as No. 31 within the ATP Dwell Rankings.