Dominic Thiem clinched his biggest win in two years when he defeated top seed Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of the European Open in Antwerp.
Former US Open champion Thiem has struggled to regain anything resembling his best form since returning from a serious wrist injury in March.
But the Austrian was slowly finding his confidence again, battling from a set against world No. 11 Hurkacz 3-6 7-6 (9) 7-6 (4).
He saved three match points in the second set tiebreak, one of them by a lucky net, and was rewarded for his brave play in the deciding tiebreak, showing his delight after a recent forehand winner found his target.
Hurkacz is the highest-ranked player Thiem has beaten since defeating Novak Djokovic in the round of 16 at the ATP Finals in November 2020.
The 29-year-old, who is demoted to 132nd place, said in his on-court interview: “It’s very special. This win is incredible because it’s my first win over a near top 10 guy in my comeback. It was amazing to play, great atmosphere, close game.
“I started to get into the match and got more and more comfortable. Luck was on my side today. I’m very happy that I’ll be in these tight situations again.”
In the last four, Thiem meets the American Sebastian Korda, who continued his good form with a brilliant 6-0, 6-2 win over the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/dominic-thiem-hubert-hurkacz-novak-djokovic-american-b2207956.html Dominic Thiem finds his form for a “special” victory over Hubert Hurkacz