Dominic Thiem won (6-3, 7-6 ) in this poster of the first round in Metz with a vintage taste, dotted with pretty paws and beautiful and rough diagonal backhand sequences. Richard Gasquet however led in both sets, 3-1 in the first and 4-2 in the second, without ever knowing how to capitalize on this advantage.
Visibly blunted after the long initial rallies in heavy strikes, the Frenchman, outstripped in power, lost six games in a row to be trailing 1-0 in the second set, with two break points to save. However, he found a second wind, in particular saving the first from a majestic setback along the line at the end of a grueling rally. More direct in his strikes, knowing how to sharpen his forehands, Gasquet even managed to take off. But Thiem regained his ability to repel his opponent by bombarding his backhand shots.
In this more physical game, the Austrian picked up the score, and got a first match point at 5-4, spoiled by a direct fault on the forehand. And in the tie-break, he took advantage of some big mistakes from Gasquet to win an important victory for him, obviously concluded with a masterful setback along the line. In the next round, he will face defending champion Hubert Hurkacz. Another great poster.