Dominic Thiem looked in amazing touch in his 2nd round match against Jack Sock. ‘I feel very positive this time here’, said Thiem post his match. World no. 3 and two-time Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem is through to the third round for the fifth straight year. The Austrian defeated a former top-10 player Jack Sock 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 in two hours and 22 minutes, fending off three set points in the third set tie break to seal the deal in straight sets and join Rafael Nadal in the last 32. He was especially landing his first serve in the right places. Landing 70% of the first serve in, Thiem played well on both the first and second serve, suffering two breaks from only three chances offered to the American and keeping the pressure on the other side of the net.
Thiem had 28 winners and 24 unforced errors, reducing his strokes nicely and drawing more than 50 unforced mistakes from Sock, who had to embrace a risky approach to stand a chance against such a strong rival. The American wasted a game point at the beginning of the encounter, netting a forehand to suffer a break and push the Australian into an early lead. The American, initially though had to work much harder behind the initial shot, getting broken six times from eight opportunities given to Dominic and finding his rhythm only in set number three.
Both players served on a high level in the opening seven games, with Sock looking much more convincing than in the opener. Still, he got broken while serving at 3-4, allowing the Austrian to take two tight games with six deuces in total for 6-3. They traded breaks in games three and four and again at 3-3, staying neck and neck in the remaining four games to set up a tie break, a must-win one for the American. Jack moved 5-2 in front with two mini-breaks, having three set points at 6-3. Staying focused and delivering the right shots, Thiem saved them all and rattled off five straight points to move over the top and avoid spending more time on the court.
Thiem will now face Casper Ruud or Tommy Paul in the battle for the place in he 4th round.
Meanwhile 6th seed, Serena Williams withdrew from the competition due to her Achilles injury.