Dominic Thiem looks set to continue his fine form in 2017 at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle after he won his first round match against Maximilian Marterer on Monday.
While Thiem has only won one tournament this year (the Rio Open), he has been mightily impressive. Among his many scalps are Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
It’s yet to be decided what his best surface truly is but the Austrian sensation is certainly no slouch on grass and after missing out in the semi-finals at Roland Garros will be desperate to challenge again for his first major at SW19 in a few weeks time.
On Monday, his grass court season got off to the ideal start against Marterer who offered strong resistance in the opening set but then fell away in the second to lose 7-5, 6-3.
Speaking afterwards, Thiem admitted he was happy to have advanced but also to have been tested.
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“I was very happy with [my performance],” the 23-year-old said.
“[Marterer] already played three matches on the surface and he qualified here, had a good qualification, has a very dangerous serve. I was very aware of this first round.
“I was a little bit lucky as well to save all the break points but I'm happy to be through in two.”
The eight-time ATP tour winner will meet with the winner of the match between Robin Haase and David Ferrer.
All the other results from the opening day in Halle can be seen below:
Richard Gasquet (France) beat Gael Monfils (France) 3-6 6-4 6-3
Dustin Brown (Germany) beat Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-1 6-7(3) 7-6(4)
Andrey Rublev (Russia) beat Albert Ramos (Spain) 6-7(1) 7-5 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat Joao Sousa (Portugal) 3-6 6-4 6-4