Thiem battles back to win five-set marathon

Dominic Thiem survived an almighty scare to progress at the Australian Open on Thursday as he battled back from two sets down to defeat America’s Denis Kudla.

The fifth seed was extremely relieved after pulling off a 6-7(8-6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over the 176th ranked US player in the searing heat on Margaret Court Arena.

“It’s amazing the feeling right now. It’s only the second time in my career that I turned around [a match from] zero-two down,” said the Austrian.

“We practice all year long to play in these conditions – we try not to play too long, which was not the way today.”

Thiem’s win sets up a third-round clash with either Adrian Mannarino of France or Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

In other action, American Sam Querrey became the latest seed to be sent packing as he went down in four sets to 80th ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

The 25-year old Fucsovics, a former Wimbledon boys champion, had never made it past the first round of a grand slam before, but now finds himself in the third round after a 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-2 win over the 13th seed.

Number 21 seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain, fared better though, defeating Tim Smyczek of the US in three sets 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) to set up a third round meeting with either Novak Djokovic or Gael Monfils.

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