Austrian Dominic Thiem, third seed of the Madrid Masters 1.000, defeated Australian Alex de Miñaur 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the round of XNUMX and took an important step to relaunch his season, in need of a result to bring you back to the last rounds.
His rival in the quarterfinals will come out of the clash between the American John Isner and the Russian Andrey Rublev, sixth seed.
Thiem, fourth in the ATP standings, had won all three of his previous meetings with De Minaur.
He started with some doubts and lost his service in the third game of the opening set (2-1). He recovered it for 3-3 but could not escape the harassment of the Australian until the 'tie-break', in which he had to overcome a 0-3. He reserved his best passes for that comeback.
The second sleeve offered an alternative to both. Seeing himself 3-1 from behind, De Miñaur went to the net in search of points as soon as Thiem left the ball halfway to him and leveled 3-3.
From then on Thiem accelerated and, although he let out a first match point, he closed in the second and celebrated the victory with evident joy.
Thiem returns to activity in Madrid after a knee injury forced him to renounce Belgrade and the 1.000 Masters in Miami and Monte Carlo.
Before he had lost in the round of XNUMX of the Australian Open against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, he lost in the Doha quarterfinals with the Spanish Roberto Bautista and, in his last tournament, in the first round of Dubai against the South African Lloyd Harris.