- Dominic Thiem was the 7th seed at Australian Open
- Thiem got knocked out by local wildcard Popyrin in the 2nd round
- Thiem has a history of smashing racquets on the court
Dominic Thiem was livid with himself after he dropped the first set in the second round of the Australian Open against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin and took out all his anger at the racquet. Seventh seed Thiem is playing at the Melbourne Arena against an unseeded opponent and got broken right at the end to lose the first set of the match.
Right after losing his serve and the set, Thiem banged his racquet on the court and picked it up against and smashed it three more times before going back to the chair to cool down and get ready for the second set.
Thiem had played out a marathon in the first round of the Grand Slam tournament against Frenchman Benoit Paire that went on past 2 in the night before winning 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 1-6, 6-3.
Thiem, who received medical attention during the match, eventually retired when he was trailing 5-7, 4-6, 0-2 and the Australian wildcard Popyrin advanced to the third round, much to the delight of the home crowd.
While the Melbourne Arena witnessed Thiem’s racquet smash on Thursday, this is not the first time that Thiem has shown brutality to his racquet. One say can he is a serial racquet smasher.
Last year at the French Open, Thiem had banged his racquet multiple times in an epic fashion after losing a point on his serve to Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
Last year in August during a match against USA’s Taylor Fritz as well, Thiem had shown his hot headed side by smashing his racquet to the ground after not converting a break point.
In 2017 at the Miami Open, Thiem was up against Borna Coric when he smashed away his racquet while a year back in 2016 during the Davis Cup tie against Portugal as well, he was seen banging his racquet.
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