Andy battles past Thiem to reach Rotterdam Quarter Finals
Andy was forced to battle hard before securing his place in the third round of the World Tennis tournament in Rotterdam. The British number one came up against spirited young qualifier Dominic Thiem of Austria and had to dig deep to secure a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win.
It looked as though it would be a routine match for Andy, who broke in the first and third games to take early control. The youngsters defence was not to be underestimated though and after seeing off a break point Andy lost serve with a wayward forehand. Andy eventually held on to take the set 6-4 but it was the following set that proved this match was to be anything but routine, as the qualifier flew out of the blocks, catching Andy off guard and before the world number 6 knew it, it was one set all.
The third set showed which player had the experience and Andy eventually managed to turn the screw and see the match out, clinically breaking his opponent and securing the final set 6-3.
Speaking after the match Andy said “It was an unbelievably tough battle. There were a lot of long points. He was hitting some huge shots, going for the lines. He had some really big winners. His game is fun to watch but it’s no fun to play against at all. I’m sure we will be seeing a lot more of him.”
Andy will now play Marin Cilic in tomorrow’s evening session to try and book his place in the semi finals.