Thiem saves match point in vic­tory over Rublev at Monte Carlo event

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Aus­trian fifth seed Do­minic Thiem saved a match point in a grip­ping Monte Carlo Mas­ters sec­ond-round win over Rus­sian young­ster An­drey Rublev on Tues­day.

The two-time French Open semi­fi­nal­ist re­cov­ered from a set down to book a last-16 clash against ei­ther No­vak Djokovic or Borna Coric with a 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 vic­tory.

Rublev spurned a match point on his own serve late in the de­cid­ing set as he fired a fore­hand nar­rowly wide.

“I had to fight from the first to the last point, which of course I did well. But I was also lucky at the end when he had a match point and missed a fore­hand by 10 cen­time­ters or so,” said Thiem.

“I was 10 cen­time­ters from be­ing out of the tour­na­ment.”

The 24-year-old Thiem could also have to face de­fend­ing cham­pion Rafael Nadal in the quar­ter­fi­nals if he can get past Djokovic or the in-form Coric on Thurs­day.

“It’s a hor­ri­ble draw for sure, from the first round on,” con­ceded Thiem.

“But I’m happy that I played two hours and 40 [min­utes]... But I’m look­ing for­ward to watch­ing Djokovic and Coric in front of the TV and then play­ing the win­ner on Thurs­day.”

Af­ter Rublev had edged a tight first set, Thiem clinched the sec­ond on his fourth set point be­fore rac­ing into a 4-1 lead in the de­cider.

His 20-year-old op­po­nent cut loose, though, claim­ing four straight games to serve for the match.

But Rublev struck wide on match point and ran out of steam, dou­ble-fault­ing to hand Thiem a place in Round 3 as the world No.7 won the last three games on the spin.

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