- 25 Aug 2020
Top seeds are exiting the Western & Southern Open fast and furiously, and neither the men’s nor women’s draw is any exception. Upsets are abounding at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York; another one took place when Dominic Thiem got destroyed by Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-1 on Monday evening.
Following losses by No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and No. 2 Sofia Kenin on Sunday, top two seeds in both the WTA and ATP tournaments are a combined 0-3 (Novak Djokovic was on the court playing against Ricardas Berankis at the time Thiem’s match ended).
Unlike Pliskova and Kenin — who were taken out by Veronika Kudermetova and Alize Cornet, respectively — Thiem was not even competitive. The third-ranked Austrian was broken four times and failed to generate a single break point on the Krajinovic serve while losing in just one hour and one minute.
Krajinovic’s reward for his rock-solid performance is a showdown against either Grigor Dimitrov or Marton Fucsovics.
“I think is officially my first top 10 win in my career,” the 32-ranked Serb stated. “I started really well today, was aggressive, and I’m very happy to be in the third round. I don’t think Thiem was playing good tennis today, but I deserved to win. Everything went my way.
“I think it’s going to be a good match tomorrow, and I will get ready.”
Filippin the Script 👊
— Western & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 25, 2020
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