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The Austrian showed few ill-effects from his five-setter against Denis Kudla in the second round, securing a 6-4 6-2 7-5 win on Margaret Court Arena.
“I want to go further than round four and I’ll give everything to do it for the first time,” he said on court afterwards.
Thiem will next face Tennys Sandgren, conqueror of Stan Wawrinka in the second round.
Geraint Thomas (Stage 11, 2018)