Wawrinka Upset By Thiem; Former Champions Nadal, Murray On Court Wednesday In Madrid
by Staff | May 6th, 2014, 6:51 pm

Dominic Thiem scored the biggest win of his career defeating Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round at the Madrid Masters on Tuesday. For the 20-year-old Thiem, who needed to qualify into the event, it marked his first career Top 10.

“I cannot really believe it,” Thiem said. “I was in this famous zone during the match. I was really unbelievably concentrated. I think that’s the way how you can play these very good matches, if you are 100 per cent concentrated and 100 per cent out on the court.

“Of course I was a little bit nervous, but it wasn’t the reason for the first set,” Thiem said. “His pace was just too high for me.”

Wawrinka, who had reached the Madrid finals and had won Monte Carlo last month, credited the young Austrian.

“I was hesitating with my game and he went for it and deserved to win,” said Wawrinka. “He’s a good player. We all know that. We all see that, especially since the beginning of the year. I’m not surprised because I know him.”

After beginning the year ranked No. 139, Thiem is currently at a career-high No. 70 and will move higher still.

Other winners on the day were Milos Raonic, David Ferrer, Ernests Gulbis, Nicolas Almagro and Kei Nishikori while Fernando Verdasco dropped a 3-setter to improving countryman Roberto Bautista Agut.

“Because of the altitude [in Madrid],” Raonic said. “The courts are a little bit quicker and bouncier as well, especially as it can get quite warm. They’re conditions I’ve played well in in the past and felt comfortable in.”

Seeds Tommy Haas and Fabio Fognini were both mild upset victims.

In the women’s draw, Maria Sharapova overcame a 4-1 final set deficit to turn away Christina McHale to win 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. The Russian has won 42 of her last 45 matches on clay, the only losses coming to Serena Williams.

Also on Tuesday, Petra Kvitova, Sloane Stephens and Sam Stosur were also 3-set winners. Li Na won in two.

Tomorrow, Rafael Nadal opens his title defense and good friend Juan Monaco. Former champion Andy Murray is also in action against Spaniard Almagro. Serena Williams returns against Peng Shuai.


MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] S Halep (ROU) vs [WC] L Arruabarrena (ESP)
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs S Peng (CHN)

Not Before 3:15 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs J Monaco (ARG)
ATP – [15] M Youzhny (RUS) vs F Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – N Almagro (ESP) vs [7] A Murray (GBR)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [6] J Jankovic (SRB)

ATP – K Anderson (RSA) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)
ATP – A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs E Gulbis (LAT)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [13] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs R Vinci (ITA)
WTA – S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
ATP – [11] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [Q] S Giraldo (COL)

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33 Comments for Wawrinka Upset By Thiem; Former Champions Nadal, Murray On Court Wednesday In Madrid

Colin Says:

And still people keep on predicting!

Polo Says:

Yes, Nadal remains the best bet to win the French Open. Everybody knows that although many hope not.

Steve 27 Says:

Wow, this kid seems special. I predicted a Rafa Wawrinka but in sports you can not take anything granted.

Margot Says:

@The DA
Stan’s draw not so gr8 now ;)
Saw no sign of Amalgro’s crutches btw, more ;)

kjb Says:

This Thiem kid is good. That inside out backhand in the 3rd set was top shelf shiz.

Michael Says:

Wawarinka losing to an unknown kid. That is the core problem with him and he cannot be consistent.

Nirmal Kumar Says:

Wawarinka losing to an unknown kid

I don’t think Thiem is an unknown kid. He has been having pretty decent year, and with Madrid altitude, it’s always a risky one.

the DA Says:

@Margot – ?? I think you meant to post that on the other thread lol. Yes, I’m not particularly sad about the upset ;) Nico may not be ión crutches anymore but I hope Dani watched the match yesterday. He is having problems running forward. He winced and hopped several times. If we see an unusual amount of drop shots then we’ll know he took notes.

And Thiem is not an unknown kid. He gave Andy a huge test in Rotterdam and has been on the radar for a while now.

roy Says:

when you accept that wawrinka is a berdych level player, a top tenner, but not a big fourer, and that he only won the aussie open because nadal was physically hampered … his results will not be a mystery.

if people keep pretending that stan beating an injured nadal was his ‘coming of age’ as a ‘big 4’ player(denying nadal was serving second serves due to their fed-love/nadal-hatred), and keep pretending that winning monte carlo with novak/nadal gone was further proof of his new status … it’s going to be a confusing year.

contador Says:

That is maybe a bit harsh on Stan @ roy. Regardless of what condition Nadal may have been in at AO 2014, Stan still beat Djokovic fair and square and showed a new level of toughness on the big points that Berdych has yet to achieve, imo.

But they are fairly close, Wawa and T-Berd; just that one of them transcended his weakness enough to win a GS. Delpo, it can be said did the same when he won US Open 2009. Absolutely no shame in being a one-time GS winner! Call it good fortune, Magnus Norman effect, what have you. Stan now has an edge that Berdych has yet to find, imo, ofc.

I hope it will be a confusing and interesting year.

contador Says:

Watching Thiem re-emerge with what appears to be solid potential is exciting. Love his powerful one handed backhand.

contador Says:

Dimitrov is playing right now, if anyone is interested. Marius Copil is from Romania, he is about the same size as Grigor and is playing well; holding his own. Copil has a nice serve and is easy to watch. Never have seen him before.

Even at 4-4 . 1st set.

contador Says:

Oh my, the 23 yr old Copil is serving for the 1st set!

Come on Grigor…

contador Says:

Where has this guy been? I watch challengers occasionally – totally missed him. Copil takes the first set 6-4, with some style, too.

Okiegal Says:


Maybe with all of the upheaval at Madrid this year, all of the big names out, it is giving the underlings a smidgen of hope and some extra added incentive……that’s all I can figure out. Now if someone knocks out my guy, there will be a new champion. It is getting very interesting.

Hoping Novak is getting better with each day, but I think playing next week is wishful thinking. He better rest until the FO….better to be safe than sorry!

Daniel Says:

Nadal with a testimony win, beating Monaco 6-1 6-0 where the Monaco didn’t even managed to hold serve, the sole game was when he broke Nadal down 0-2 first set.

Hope Murray can play good for us to at least have some marquee matches now that the other half is totally open.

Margot Says:

Terrific match between Dimi and Marius, but lovely Grigor showed a lot of match toughness and came through!
Hmm, Marius’ coach looks as if he would be very useful by your side in a pub brawl! EEEKKK!
@the DA
Yeah hope Andy puts up a good fight at least but am not too hopeful
1) Amalgro is good on clay
2) Andy is not so good
3) Andy is the colour of the clay at the mo., being very rusty..;)
4) Andy is bound to be effected by Elena’s death. The families are close and he’s bound to be thinking about Ross’ illness too.
Que sera.

Okiegal Says:

When Rafa and Jaun were in the tunnel prior to coming on court, Jaun turned around to Rafa and held his hand out to Rafa and they did hand slaps. I’ve never seen this before…..not that it’s never happened, I have never seen it. I understand they are very good friends….whatever, it was a neat gesture…….cool! After the match, Jaun stopped at Rafa’s chair and exchanged words and Rafa clapped him off the court. Classy players……both of them!

Hippy Chic Says:

There is such alot of potential and talent coming through with these young players,Theim,Dimi,Pospicil,Raonic,etc,the one im really the most excited about is Nishikori,theres something about the guy and his game that i really like,i cannot put my finger on it….

Objective observer Says:

Monaco against Nadal: roll over, crack a fart, and die.

Margot Says:

OMG very happy to be wrong but how weird was that match?
Dunno how Andy did it tbh!

Hippy Chic Says:

Objective Observer such a classy turn of phrase….

Hippy Chic Says:

Margot yes indeed,quite a strange match,niether playing well at the same time really,but so glad Andy got the win against a guy whos a very good CC player….

robert Says:

just watched andys match strange how nico was winceing as he left the court .. did not see a problem during the match…
well done murray time to silence those doubters

Daniel Says:

Murray has a real shot at semis. On paper he should win next two matches to set a possible clash with Nadal.
The other finalist will be either Nishkori, Gubis or Ferrer, top half I can only see Nadal (90%). If not him Murray, Dimitrov or Berdych who already was a Madrid (bleu clay) finalist.

the DA Says:

Such a bizarre match. Andy played great in the 1st set. Nico looked like he was going to retire and then forgot about the foot when his shots started landing in. It was fugly and unsettling but I’ll take it.
It was a touching moment to dedicate the win to Bally on the TV lens.

As someone mentioned above, he has a shot to reach the SFs – on paper.

contador Says:

Missed the Murray Almagro match. Glad to read Andy made it. So sad about Elena Baltacha.

Grigor is pretty special and so is Kei Nishikori. Dominic Thiem is pretty super as well. The underlings are looking good, Okiegal. :D very happy with the tennis lately.

Margot Says:

Agree conty. The future of tennis is looking very bright! :)
@The DA
Perhaps Andy was a bit put off with Nico looking like he was going to retire one moment then playing like the man who beat Rafa the next? Coms seemed to agree.
Certainly Andy was doing an ironic grin rather a lot.

the DA Says:

@Margot – I think that did have an effect. I noticed the ironic smiles-it happened 3 times. A record. His interview afterwards explained why. He said Bally’s death put everything into perspective: “there are worse things than losing a tennis match so why not try to enjoy it”. Good attitude. But does this mean we’re now going to see smiley Andy? I doubt it but it is nice occasionally.

Okiegal Says:

Andy better kick it up a notch……c’mon Andy!! Love for you and Rafa to keep winning…..it’s been a long time since the fans have seen you two hook up!!

Okiegal Says:

Geraldi serving for the match……yuck!!

Hippy Chic Says:

Urgh Terrible i had high hopes of Andy going on a bit of a run this week here,and a long awaited match between my two favorite players,who seem determined to avoid playing each other,clay is definetly not Andys best surface,its been a lack lustre start to the year,so i hope he does better when the season turns to grass which is his best surface,would love to see him defend Queens but especially Wimbledon….

RZ Says:

Belated reaction to Stan’s loss, but it just occurred to me that Stan losing in round 1 here after his Monte Carlo win is in keeping with the trend of players defeating Federer and losing their next match.

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