Adrian Mannarino recorded a comeback win against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5)) in his first-round match at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 tournament. The Frenchman is Lorenzo Musetti’s rival.
The real game this Thursday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Dominic Thiem He was returning to a very special place in his career where he became the champion in 2019, one of the most important titles of his career. The Austrian is coming off a South American tour that didn’t go well in terms of results. His competition was always a tough nut to crack Adrian Mannarinowhich has oscillated between ATP and Challenger tournaments.
An unbeaten start for Mannarino, who managed a break in the first game of the match to take the lead against Thiem, who had yet to get into a rhythm. In the fourth game, the Austrian returned to parity. Both players were a little more unstable than usual, so the pace was not high. The Frenchman always had to serve for a draw, and that pressure worked at the worst moment. Dominic won the first set 6-4.
Thiem signed another quick break at the start of the second set, which began to set a trend that was difficult to reverse. The former world No. 3 was much tougher than his rival, but a simple collapse allowed his rival to get into a game that only reduced the level of errors and returned to parity on the scoreboard. After this favorable trend Mannarino took advantage of the second opportunity and took the second set 6-4.
The Frenchman came out feeling better and the game had completely changed. Another quick break from the French himself made things suddenly very complicated for Thiem. Motivated by his team and hoping that he wouldn’t give up, Domi managed to find a tie at 4-4. When there were no more breaks, the winner had to be decided in the last tiebreak. In that break, Thiem looked to be in command of a 5-3 advantage, but unexpected errors appeared and Mannarino reversed history to claim victory.