There was no third set lift on Sunday afternoon.
“I think a combination of some things, some little physical issues, plus a real bad day, plus the
fact that, well, he’s a great player,” Thiem said when asked what went wrong.
“So a combination of those three things, and a result like that can happen.”
Thiem was then asked to elaborate on the “physical issues”.
“Well, some little physical issues. I don’t want to go closer to them. I don’t want to find any excuses,” he said.
“But the thing also is that I’m also not a machine. I mean, sometimes I would like to be, but there are really, really bad days.
“As soon as you’re not 100 per cent there on the court at this level, then results like this come up, and that’s exactly what happened today.”
Thiem denied that the five-set thriller against Kyrgios had any bearing on his performance against Dimitrov. But the tennis he played was a long way from the level he produced to win his first grand slam in New York City.
“Well, it’s a really bad day today, bad match for my side. But the high from the US Open is long gone,” he said.
“It was great for some days, but the tennis world goes on so fast. I think for everybody and also for myself.
“On court, it was forgotten already at the French Open and doesn’t really affect me anymore, especially now that it’s four or five months gone.”
Dimitrov will next play Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who stunned top Canadian talent Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets at Margaret Court Arena.
The Russian journeyman gave away a two-set lead before cruising through the final three sets to qualify for the quarter-finals in his first grand slam.
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.