Dominic Thiem sent Félix Auger-Aliassime back to his studies. The Austrian won with authority (7-6 6-1 6-1) in the round of 16 on Monday. The young Canadian, who discovered the second week of a Grand Slam tournament, was not up to the task for a long time and was overtaken by the opposing power. The number 2 seed has shown that he fully assumes his status after the disqualification of Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
This poster between the Canadian nugget, Félix Auger-Aliassime, and Dominic Thiem was eagerly awaited. Already because it was the first meeting between the two players. Then because this duel is destined to become one of the shocks of the next few years. But the first quickly showed that he was still too tender to respond to the blows of the third world player. The triple Grand Slam finalist quickly set the pace.
FFA still tender
Caught up in speed from the start, Félix Auger-Aliassime had to defend three break points on his first service game before finally giving up his commitment on the fifth game. Despite a good first ball, he did not hold the arm of iron long enough in the exchange and made some gross and unusual fouls in the forehand. Apart from a slump while he was serving for the match, Thiem unwound and left little room for error, cursing the rare faults.
And it is on this precise point that Auger-Aliassime seemed to be his age. The 21st player in the world was dejected, arms dangling or hands on his knees, short of a solution. He rarely managed to get past the Austrian, lacking time to organize and often showing too feverish on his forward transitions. He thus conceded his serve at the start of each time at the start of the round and did not show any sign of rebellion. Opposite, Dominic Thiem did not let him hope for a clearing up.
Triple finalist in Grand Slam, the Austrian demonstrated the extent of the experience which still separated the two men. While the table is now open as ever, in the absence of the three “monsters” of the circuit, the third player in the world is indeed a candidate for the title. He will find for his second quarter-final at the US Open another youngster, Alex de Minaur, winner in three rounds of Vasek Pospisil.