Roger Federer was knocked out in the third round of the Italian Open by Dominic Thiem on Thursday.
Thiem, seeded 13th, defeated the former world number one in straight sets, recording an impressive 7-6(2), 6-4 win to send Federer crashing out of the tournament.
On Wednesday, the Swiss Maestro was quoted as saying “I thought I would lose in straight sets” after his second round win over Alexander Zverev.
Well, his wish came true just 24 hours later, as an out-of-sorts Federer racked up no less than 34 unforced errors on the clay court in Rome.
After swapping breaks of serve in the opening set, Thiem grabbed the lead after dominating the tiebreaker. In the second set, just one break of serve would be enough for the Austrian fourth win against a top ten opponent.
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“I’m very happy to be in the quarter-finals, it was a very tricky match today,” said the 22-year-old after the match.
“Of course he was not 100 per cent, but still, he played some very good points. I think you cannot put it out of your head. It’s impossible, I think.”
Federer – who managed to win just 67 percent of his points on his first serve – has endured a trying time of late.
Following surgery on his knee, he returned after ten weeks at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he was knocked out in the quarters. Last week, he was forced to withdraw from the Mutua Madrid Open with a back injury.