Dominic Thiem underlined his burgeoning reputation by dismantling Australia's Bernard Tomic in straight sets in the opening round of the French Open yesterday. The Austrian, seen as an outside contender for the title after reaching last year''s semi-finals at Roland Garros, powered past Tomic 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in just 80 minutes.
"It was very hot out there, so I'm happy that I won in three sets," said 23-year-old Thiem. "It was a tough opponent and a close first set, I guess. I was also a little bit nervous before the match, I have to say, and because of these circumstances I'm happy with my performance," he added.
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 11th in the tournament, defeated France's Stephane Robert 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Dimitrov, whose best performance in Paris was when he reached the third round in 2013, said: "It was a good test."
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