First-round defeat and physical concern

Thiemo has not survived the opening round of the ATP tournament in Umag on Tuesday. The Dutchman had a good start in Croatia, but Potito Starace (ITA) was too strong after two hours of play: 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1.

Lacking serve rhythm
Thiemo could not find the right service rhythm to keep the pressure on his opponent. He had to fight for his own games, while Starace had found his comfort zone. Despite the tough opening set, Thiemo saved the best for the final chapter. He fought back from a 4-5 deficit to win the tiebreak 7-5.

But from there it was Starace who took full control of the match. Thiemo had to concede an early break in the second and third set, which became a difficult task to turn things around.

“It was ok in the first set, but I started to feel my arm and neck halfway the second. It felt very stiff, and from there it was all over”, told a disappointed Thiemo after the match. Similar problems occurred during his comeback in Orbetello last week. “I am a bit concerned, because I have put a lot of effort in myself the past period, just to feel better and stronger. Than you want to see some kind of reward.”

Thiemo will be examined by a specialist in Croatia or the Netherlands. After this consult, he decides if he will play Kitzbühel.

Photo: Niels de Water