Dominic Thiem faces Marcel Granollers for a place in the quarter-finals.

  Roalnd Garros 2017 – D. Thiem vs Bolelli (05/31/2017) 
11:08
Yoeri: 

Hello and welcome to Tennis-Pulse

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:08 Yoeri
11:08
Yoeri: 

I’ll be covering the match between Dominic Thiem and Simone Bolelli for you. The first match up today on the Suzanne-Lenglen court

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:08 Yoeri
11:11
Yoeri: 

Players are now warming up. It’s a beautiful day here at Roland Garros. No coulds visible as of yet. Only sunshine

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:11 Yoeri
11:12
Yoeri: 

Their previous and only meeting was also on clay. The first round of Rome in 2015. Thiem won that affair in two tightly contested sets that both went to tiebreaks: 7-6, 7-6

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:12 Yoeri
11:13
Yoeri: 

Thiem is the player in form. Doing well on the clay this season. Beating Rafa in Rome this year is testimony to that. He’s also the semifinalist las year and has some points to defend.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:13 Yoeri
11:13
Yoeri: 

Here we go. Bolelli to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:13 Yoeri
11:13
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0-15. Bolelli nets the first ball and Thiem has a small lead

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:13 Yoeri
11:14
Yoeri: 

15-15. Thiem goes long after a 6 shot rally

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:14 Yoeri
11:14
Yoeri: 

30-15. Thiem can’t get the ball in play off his return

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:14 Yoeri
11:14
Yoeri: 

40-15. Once again Thiem produces a missed return

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:14 Yoeri
11:15
Yoeri: 

Game Bolelli. Interesting to see Bolelli peppering the Thiem backhand early on. 1-0

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:15 Yoeri
11:16
Yoeri: 

Thiem to serve his first game

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:16 Yoeri
11:16
Yoeri: 

15-0. Bolelli misses an easy ball

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:16 Yoeri
11:17
Yoeri: 

15-15. Couple of errors from both already. Thiem doesn’t hit his FH cleanly yet

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:17 Yoeri
11:18
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15-30. And another missed shot

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:18 Yoeri
11:18
Yoeri: 

15-40. Bolelli senses the moment and the Italian guides his BH sweetly up the line when it looked like he was in trouble. Two break points.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:18 Yoeri
11:18
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30-40. Shanks away his first opportunity on the return.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:18 Yoeri
11:19
Yoeri: 

40-40. Great three shot ponit. First a kicker serve, another up the line guiding return, but then Thiem finishes off Bolelli with a percentage cross court FH winner

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:19 Yoeri
11:20
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. The young Austrian is applying the pressure now

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:20 Yoeri
11:20
Yoeri: 

40-40. Thiem goes long with his inside in FH. Sluggish looking footwork there

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:20 Yoeri
11:21
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Adv. Bolelli. No timing yet on the groundies for Thiem. He hammers away but eventually nets his third FH of the rally

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:21 Yoeri
11:21
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BREAK BOLELLI. 2-0

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:21 Yoeri
11:21
Yoeri: 

Another mistake from Thiem gifts away the game.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:21 Yoeri
11:22
Yoeri: 

15-0. Bolelli powers down a FH. Sending signs he’ll try to play as aggressively as the Austrian

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:22 Yoeri
11:23
Yoeri: 

30-0. Great serving. Everything going the way of the Italian

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:23 Yoeri
11:23
Yoeri: 

40-0. First serve out wide which Thiem can’t handle and sends long

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:23 Yoeri
11:24
Yoeri: 

Love Game Bolelli. 3-0. Third first serve in a row. Impressive from Bolelli must be said

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:24 Yoeri
11:25
Yoeri: 

15-0. Thiem with the first point. Can he get himself out of this slow start?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:25 Yoeri
11:26
Yoeri: 

30-0. Much better from Thiem. Crushes the FH inside in for a clean winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:26 Yoeri
11:26
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40-0. This time he finishes the point at net. It’s all about good serving for either player

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:26 Yoeri
11:27
Yoeri: 

40-15. Bolelli though gets a foothold in this match, wrongfooting the Austrian, by going behind him in the rally for a winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:27 Yoeri
11:27
Yoeri: 

40-30. First double fault

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:27 Yoeri
11:28
Yoeri: 

40-40. And a wayward BH from Thiem. Well now, this was as unexpected as it was unnecesary. Thiem should’ve easily held here

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:28 Yoeri
11:28
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Oooh! Just wide. Bolelli almost made a spectacular shot

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:28 Yoeri
11:29
Yoeri: 

Game Thiem: 3-1. Too much pressure and pace flying off the racquet from Thiem for Bolelli to handle

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:29 Yoeri
11:29
Yoeri: 

15-0. Serve up the T from Bolelli earns him the first point

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:29 Yoeri
11:30
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30-0. Bolelli is simply playing incredible. Another first serve, followed with a great cross court BH and then creates an angled inside out FH to finish

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:30 Yoeri
11:30
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40-0. Thiem can’t get in the rally once more

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:30 Yoeri
11:31
Yoeri: 

my mistake 30-15. Thiem did win a point of course

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:31 Yoeri
11:32
Yoeri: 

30-30. Bolelli is forced to slice the ball on his BH side. The slice being his weakest shot. It doesn’t clear the net

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:32 Yoeri
11:32
Yoeri: 

30-40. Error from Bolelli now and all of a sudden Thiem has a chance

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:32 Yoeri
11:33
Yoeri: 

BREAK THIEM. Strange match. No such thing as momentum at the moment. Bolelli keeps going for his shots but this time the net is his real enemy as he clips the tape with his FH

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:33 Yoeri
11:34
Yoeri: 

Thiem to start the sixth game

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:34 Yoeri
11:34
Yoeri: 

15-0. Bolelli just long with his groundy

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:34 Yoeri
11:36
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30-15. Thiem edges ahead but isn’t looking all too confident yet

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:36 Yoeri
11:36
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40-15. Fantastic volley that almost hits both lines deep in the corner

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:36 Yoeri
11:36
Yoeri: 

Game Thiem. 3-3

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:36 Yoeri
11:37
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15-0. Thiem standing way back now. Tries to deploy his BH topspin but he overcooks it

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:37 Yoeri
11:37
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30-0. Bolelli with that first serve again

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:37 Yoeri
11:37
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40-0. Thiem just isn’t getting any good connections off the return. Quite surprising

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:37 Yoeri
11:38
Yoeri: 

Game Bolelli. Strong serving. Thiem was not expecting the ball to come that deep and the game is Bolelli’s

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:38 Yoeri
11:40
Yoeri: 

Interestingly, Bolelli is ranked the 470th player of the world. But of course the story behind that is injury. He underwent surgery in Julne last year on his troublesome knee and he’s on the comeback trail now

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:40 Yoeri
11:40
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15-0. Thiem winning the point after hitting a second serve and not being in total control of the rally

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:40 Yoeri
11:41
Yoeri: 

30-0. Error from the Italian. Both players not hitting peak form yet

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:41 Yoeri
11:41
Yoeri: 

40-0. Crowd also not sure what to make of it. Stadium not packed yet. Bolelli again can’t return the Thiem delivery

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:41 Yoeri
11:43
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Game Thiem. That’s what we want to see. A great Thiem cross court angled BH. Great feel on that shot

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:43 Yoeri
11:43
Yoeri: 

30-0. Bolelli produces two great serves in a row to help him with his lead in the ninth game

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:43 Yoeri
11:44
Yoeri: 

30-15. Error from the Italian this time

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:44 Yoeri
11:44
Yoeri: 

30-30. Good signs from Thiem. His BH seems to be firing now. Goes up the line. Beautiful looking shot.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:44 Yoeri
11:45
Yoeri: 

30-40. Thiem making his move now. Keeps pounding and coming to the net for a clean vollley

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:45 Yoeri
11:46
Yoeri: 

40-40. Bolelli saves it with the point of the match so far. Unrelenting hittin from Bolelli. Definitely not having that break point in his mind. Lovely smash and the crowd is warming up to them now

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:46 Yoeri
11:47
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Inexcusable miss from Bolelli really. Inside out FH goes wide when he was bossing Thiem around. How will he serve this time?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:47 Yoeri
11:47
Yoeri: 

Deuce. Bolelli has a little angel on his shoulder. Thiem lining up his BH pass but misses

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:47 Yoeri
11:48
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. The Austrian no. 6th seed gets another chance though

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:48 Yoeri
11:48
Yoeri: 

40-40. Same old song. Thiem fails to get the ball in play off the serve

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:48 Yoeri
11:48
Yoeri: 

Adv. Bolelli. Another easy miss from Thiem

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:48 Yoeri
11:49
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40-40. The net certainly isn’t Bolelli’s friend today. FH error

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:49 Yoeri
11:50
Yoeri: 

Adv. Bolelli. Much better. If the inside out FH is beginning to stutter why don’t motor it inside in?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:50 Yoeri
11:50
Yoeri: 

Game Bolelli. With another potent serve he ekes out in front once more! We’re nearing crunch time people! Who do you think will crack first?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:50 Yoeri
11:52
Yoeri: 

0-15. I don’t give Thiem the benefit of the doubt there. It was a deep return from Bolelli. Either it was a bad bounce or his footwork looked sluggish again. I think the latter

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:52 Yoeri
11:52
Yoeri: 

15-15. Error from Thiem levels up the game

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:52 Yoeri
11:53
Yoeri: 

15.30. Thiem going all out on his BH but he has the tendency to overplay it.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:53 Yoeri
11:53
Yoeri: 

30-30. Good serving

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:53 Yoeri
11:54
Yoeri: 

30-40. Thiem rushing the net and Bolelli fails to make the pass. Clearly not happy with it. First signs of emotions

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:54 Yoeri
11:54
Yoeri: 

Game Thiem. 5-5

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:54 Yoeri
11:56
Yoeri: 

0-30. Bolelli in trouble now on his own serve

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:56 Yoeri
11:56
Yoeri: 

0-40. Thiem pushing and pushing and earning himself three set points now.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:56 Yoeri
11:57
Yoeri: 

I meant to see just the break points of course

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:57 Yoeri
11:58
Yoeri: 

Thiem has now won 8 of the last 10 points. Things are looking to get away from Bolelli now

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:58 Yoeri
11:59
Yoeri: 

BREAK THIEM. 6-5. With an unbelievable stretched FH sliced defensive shot that just hits the line Thiem wins the point when Bolelli was made to overthink his easy FH which he hits wide

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:59 Yoeri
12:00
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0-15. Bolelli wins the first point to get a foothold

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:00 Yoeri
12:00
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15-15. A great running FH pass from Thiem up the line. That was awesome

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:00 Yoeri
12:00
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15-30. Just long for Thiem. Is he giving the Italian a lifeline

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:00 Yoeri
12:01
Yoeri: 

30-30. Very positive play from Thiem. Fantastic kciker followed by a thunderous FH inside in clean winner. You gotta love it

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:01 Yoeri
12:01
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40-30. Thiem outplaying the Italian now. Just a little FH angle to surprise his counterpart.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:01 Yoeri
12:02
Yoeri: 

SET THIEM. 7-5. There it is, after 49 minutes of play. Bolelli has no spin on his last FH, sending it well long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:02 Yoeri
12:04
Yoeri: 

Bolelli to start the second set

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:04 Yoeri
12:05
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0-15. The court is wiped clean and the clay is looking great. An up the line FH gets Bolelli in a defensive position

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:05 Yoeri
12:06
Yoeri: 

0-30. Bolelli cries out a ‘Mamma Mia’ after another unforced error.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:06 Yoeri
12:06
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15-30. He reduces arrears though with his FH. Needed that one badly

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:06 Yoeri
12:06
Yoeri: 

15-40. But Thiem is locked in now. Finishes off the net as he reaps the reward by playing aggressive

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:06 Yoeri
12:06
Yoeri: 

30-40. First serve out wide saves the first break point

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:06 Yoeri
12:07
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40-40. And the second as well. Jamming Thiem with a body serve. Smart play

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:07 Yoeri
12:08
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. The Austrian is going to get his third chance

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:08 Yoeri
12:08
Yoeri: 

BREAK THIEM. A forehand wide from the Italian goes wide

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:08 Yoeri
12:10
Yoeri: 

Stats are in and they’re very surprising. Bolelli had a first serve percentage of 89%, while Thiem was in the low 50’s. The Italian committed 16 unforced errors though, while the young 23-year old had a positive winners to unforced errors ratio

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:10 Yoeri
12:10
Yoeri: 

15-0. Thiem edges out in front, trying to consolidate the break

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:10 Yoeri
12:10
Yoeri: 

15-15. Error from the Austrian

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:10 Yoeri
12:11
Yoeri: 

15-30. And now early warning signs. Bolelli not doing something very special. It’s all determined by Thiem right now. He decides the play

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:11 Yoeri
12:11
Yoeri: 

30-30. Thiem levels the game with some aggressive shots

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:11 Yoeri
12:12
Yoeri: 

40-30. Just out from Bolelli. One of the few real clay court rallies of today. Bolelli wants the umpire to check it but no argument ensues. The ball was clearly out

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:12 Yoeri
12:13
Yoeri: 

40-40. Sneaky little cat and mouse play. Bolelli with a beautiful BH up the line pass after drawing Thiem to the net

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:13 Yoeri
12:14
Yoeri: 

Adv. Bolelli. Somehow Thiem can’t find his form that sees him win multiple points in a row for long stretches of time

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:14 Yoeri
12:14
Yoeri: 

40-40. With a resounding serve he gets himself out of trouble

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:14 Yoeri
12:14
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Serve out wide does the trick. I must say I’m disappointed with both guys’ return games today

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:14 Yoeri
12:15
Yoeri: 

Game Thiem. 7-5, 2-0 for the world no. 7

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:15 Yoeri
12:15
Yoeri: 

0-15. Thiem this time happy to slide and slice a few balls and it works. Bolelli plays his FH long

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:15 Yoeri
12:16
Yoeri: 

15-15. BOOM! What a combination from the 31-year old. Inside out shot followed by an inside in FH bomb!

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:16 Yoeri
12:16
[Comment From Thiems coachThiems coach: ] 

I’m glad Thiem listened to my suggestions after going down 0-3 in the first set.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:16 Thiems coach
12:17
Yoeri: 

15-30. Thiem this time with the inside out FH winner. Nice to see consecutive winners now

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:17 Yoeri
12:17
Yoeri: 

Aren’t you supposed to be on Suzanne-Lenglen to watch this match live Thiems coach?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:17 Yoeri
12:18
Yoeri: 

15-40. Thiem spreads the court beautifully and unloads his trademark BH cross court for a clean winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:18 Yoeri
12:18
Yoeri: 

30-40. Bolelli matching the aggressiveness from Thiem with another FH winner. Punches the air with his fist to get a reaction from the crowd

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:18 Yoeri
12:19
Yoeri: 

40-40. Thiem misses just wide. Umpire confirms

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:19 Yoeri
12:19
[Comment From Thiems coachThiems coach: ] 

I am. But I’m following Tennis-Pulse’s live coverage on my phone. I like to get another viewer’s perspective on the match.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:19 Thiems coach
12:19
Yoeri: 

Good call Thiems coach. You’ve come to the right place. You’ll find only tennis experts on this site

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:19 Yoeri
12:21
Yoeri: 

Adv. Bolelli. He just is going for it isn’t he. No more playing paddy cake. Again and unbelievable inside in FH. He certainly has great power in his shots

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:21 Yoeri
12:22
Yoeri: 

Game Bolelli. He gets a time violation for slow play. He remains stoic though and serves out the game to end the drama

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:22 Yoeri
12:23
Yoeri: 

Thiem leads: 7-5, 2-1

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:23 Yoeri
12:23
Yoeri: 

15-0. Thiem gets in front

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:23 Yoeri
12:23
[Comment From Thiems coachThiems coach: ] 

Thiem, you better get your sh*t together, or else we are gonna have a long talk this evening.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:23 Thiems coach
12:24
Yoeri: 

Sounds like a harsh coach to me

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:24 Yoeri
12:24
Yoeri: 

15-15. Thiem not the most proficient net player and it showed in that point

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:24 Yoeri
12:24
Yoeri: 

30-15. Return from Bolelli sails just long

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:24 Yoeri
12:25
Yoeri: 

40-15. A Federer like serve & FH combo there.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:25 Yoeri
12:25
Yoeri: 

Game Thiem. Talking about Federer. Did Bolelli just try the SABR there? It went out anyway

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:25 Yoeri
12:26
Yoeri: 

3-1 in the second

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:26 Yoeri
12:26
Yoeri: 

15-0. Return wide by the narrowest of margins from Thiem. Asks his box but they believe it was out as well

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:26 Yoeri
12:27
Yoeri: 

30-0. Bolelli keeps playing positive, regardless of the score. Shortening the points. This time with a cross court FH winner

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:27 Yoeri
12:27
[Comment From Thiems coachThiems coach: ] 

Harsh coaching gives great results, no?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:27 Thiems coach
12:27
Yoeri: 

According to Hollywood movies they certainly do!

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:27 Yoeri
12:27
Yoeri: 

30-15. Thiem now finding his range off of both wings. He racks up the cross court winner this time

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:27 Yoeri
12:28
Yoeri: 

30-30. Error from Bolelli. Not great footwork. He was well late

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:28 Yoeri
12:28
Yoeri: 

30-40. What seemed to be a quick hold is now a break point chance for Thiem. Bolelli can’t do his own tactics justice

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:28 Yoeri
12:28
Yoeri: 

second serve

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:28 Yoeri
12:29
Yoeri: 

40-40. AWESOME! That’s gutsy play. Plays the kicker and with Thiem somewhere in Philippe Chatrier court he comes up with the high floating BH drop shot winner

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:29 Yoeri
12:30
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Bolelli goes long after it was Thiem with just fabulous length on his shots.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:30 Yoeri
12:31
Yoeri: 

40-40. Thiem standing way back in the court and this time Bolelli makes him pay for it. A long rally ends with Bolelli pulling the trigger with his BH up the line. Thiem slices it into the net

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:31 Yoeri
12:31
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. But as so often before, Bolelli can’t keep up the conistency.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:31 Yoeri
12:32
Yoeri: 

40-40. Like a few points ago roles are reversed in this point. Thiem is the one who just about plays the ball long

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:32 Yoeri
12:33
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. WOW! Huge fortune there for the 23-year old. With Bolelli at the net Thiem clips the tape, rendering the volley of the Italian in the net. He holds his hand up to apologize for it.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:33 Yoeri
12:33
Yoeri: 

40-40. Deuce again though. Longest game of the match.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:33 Yoeri
12:33
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. As topsy-turvy as you like

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:33 Yoeri
12:34
Yoeri: 

BREAK THIEM! Deja vu as Bolelli tries the kicker & drop shot combo once more but it hits the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:34 Yoeri
12:37
Yoeri: 

4-1 for Dominic Thiem

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:37 Yoeri
12:37
Yoeri: 

30-0. Second serve ace for the Austrian

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:37 Yoeri
12:38
Yoeri: 

40-0. Thiem racing away with proceedings now. While back peddling he manages to inject pace on the FH for a cross court winner, totally surprising Bolelli there

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:38 Yoeri
12:38
Yoeri: 

Love Game Thiem. Just a great BH up the line. What power

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:38 Yoeri
12:38
Yoeri: 

5-1

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:38 Yoeri
12:38
Yoeri: 

15-0. Service winner

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:38 Yoeri
12:39
Yoeri: 

15-15. Ball is called out and it draws a tentative look from Bolelli but he doesn’t call for the umpire to check the mark.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:39 Yoeri
12:40
Yoeri: 

15-30. Bolelli now strikes a figure with not much energy or believe anymore. Odds are he’s going to lose this set. Can he find the right mentality in the third? What do you guys think?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:40 Yoeri
12:40
Yoeri: 

15-40. Really falling apart now. Thiem has two set points

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:40 Yoeri
12:41
Yoeri: 

30-40. Saves the first with his serve. The serve seems to be the only consistent factor in the Bolelli game today

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:41 Yoeri
12:41
Yoeri: 

40-40. Save the second as well

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:41 Yoeri
12:42
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Forces the error using his BH to good effect. Thiem isn’t playing behind the baseline anymore

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:42 Yoeri
12:43
Yoeri: 

SET THIEM: 6-1. Great breadstick set from Thiem. Playing confident tennis. As he always does I suppose but it’s working for him. Bolelli goes for the drop shot again but it doesn’t clear the net

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:43 Yoeri
12:43
Yoeri: 

7-5, 6-1.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:43 Yoeri
12:44
Yoeri: 

Oh no! The troublesome knee I told you about earlier is acting up so it seems. Having surgery on it last year, throwing Bolelli all the way back to nearly the no. 500 in the world. The trainer is out and he’s about to receive some sort of treatment on it

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:44 Yoeri
12:45
Yoeri: 

The strap on the knee is removed.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:45 Yoeri
12:46
Yoeri: 

The knee is massaged firmly. Bolelli grimacing. Doesn’t look good from where I’m standing

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:46 Yoeri
12:49
Yoeri: 

Play resumes. Let’s see how Bolelli’s knee holds up

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:49 Yoeri
12:49
Yoeri: 

he’s got another strapping on his knee.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:49 Yoeri
12:49
Yoeri: 

15-0. Thiem wins the first short point.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:49 Yoeri
12:50
Yoeri: 

30-0. Seeing those two one-handed BH firing back and forth remains a sight to behold. It’s Bolelli who falters first

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:50 Yoeri
12:50
Yoeri: 

40-0. Thiem remains focused. Will not let the little time-out throw him off

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:50 Yoeri
12:51
Yoeri: 

Love game Thiem. 1-0

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:51 Yoeri
12:52
Yoeri: 

Statistics of the second set are similar to the first. But this time Thiem’s first serve percentage has dropped from 51% to 37%, while Bolelli went from 89% to a still staggering 80%. It’s the unforced errors though that’s hurting the Italian’s chances of success. He’s hit 7 winners and 12 unforced errors

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:52 Yoeri
12:53
Yoeri: 

Thiem on the other hand has a healthy ratio again: 9 winners, 6 unforced

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:53 Yoeri
12:53
Yoeri: 

30-15. Bolelli ahead in his own service game

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:53 Yoeri
12:54
Yoeri: 

30-30. Error from the Italian and it’s already dangerous times

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:54 Yoeri
12:54
Yoeri: 

40-30. Thiem playing his Wawrinka-like backhands again from way behind the baseline. Bolelli with the winner down the line

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:54 Yoeri
12:55
Yoeri: 

40-40. Error from the Italian. Thiem anxious to get the early break in the third

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:55 Yoeri
12:56
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Young Austrian grunting louder and louder with every blow. Relentless hitting from both sides. Draws the error from the Italian

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:56 Yoeri
12:57
Yoeri: 

40-40. Error off the return.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:57 Yoeri
12:57
Yoeri: 

Adv. Bolelli. Somehow he’s up to the challenge again

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:57 Yoeri
12:57
Yoeri: 

40-40. Bolelli made to run from left to right and ultimately it becomes too much for hiim.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:57 Yoeri
12:58
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Not good connection on the BH from Thiem this time as he dumps it in the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:58 Yoeri
12:58
[Comment From Thiems coachThiems coach: ] 

If Thiem doesn’t win this 6-0 he’s gonna get a spanking tonight.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:58 Thiems coach
12:59
Yoeri: 

40-40. That was awesome from Thiem. Forceful FH winner

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:59 Yoeri
12:59
Yoeri: 

Not sure if we’re dealing with Thiem’s coach or his 50 shades of grey mistress. Either way this guy loves his tennis!

Wednesday May 31, 2017 12:59 Yoeri
1:00
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. It’s a minor miracle Bolelli is still in this game. He keeps playing the right shots at the right time

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:00 Yoeri
1:00
Yoeri: 

40-40. Case and point. Bossing the Austrian and finishing it off at the net. It doesn’t look to me his knee is hampering his movement all that much

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:00 Yoeri
1:01
Yoeri: 

Adv. Bolelli. Ball just out. Confirmed by the referee

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:01 Yoeri
1:01
Yoeri: 

Game Bolelli. Confidence boosting hold there. Thiem dumps it into the net

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:01 Yoeri
1:01
[Comment From Thiems coachThiems coach: ] 

Why can’t I be both?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:01 Thiems coach
1:02
Yoeri: 

You could. It just sounds to me like a 80 hour work week to me

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:02 Yoeri
1:02
Yoeri: 

15-0. Thiem with the service winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:02 Yoeri
1:02
Yoeri: 

Overall score: 7-5, 6-1, 1-1

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:02 Yoeri
1:03
Yoeri: 

15-15. Best FH of the match from Bolelli. On the full run he flattens the ball out like a champ.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:03 Yoeri
1:03
[Comment From Thiems coachThiems coach: ] 

39 hours tennis, 1 hour mistress (if necessary). 11 days ago, when my Thiem got bullied by Djokovic, I changed the schedule for the next week: 10 hours of tennis, 30 hours of you know what. See the results?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:03 Thiems coach
1:04
Yoeri: 

30-30. Thiem misses a BH up the line

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:04 Yoeri
1:04
Yoeri: 

I do see the results. Thiem is looking quite satisfied in every way

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:04 Yoeri
1:05
Yoeri: 

40-30. Thiem avoids a break chance for Bolelli.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:05 Yoeri
1:05
Yoeri: 

Game Thiem. Leads 2-1 in the third set. Great inside in FH winner. His mindset is in kill mode all the time. Pleasure to watch

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:05 Yoeri
1:06
Yoeri: 

So his girlfriend is just a dud then? Or is she getting your treatment too?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:06 Yoeri
1:07
Yoeri: 

15-15. Bolelli edges in front but nets his inside out FH on the second point. He’s looking lackluster at times

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:07 Yoeri
1:08
Yoeri: 

30-15. Thiem showing signs of patience but misses his BH all the same. Can’t be pleased by that. From his standpoint Bolelli is ready for the kill

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:08 Yoeri
1:08
[Comment From Thiems coachThiems coach: ] 

She doesn’t know. I’d like to keep it that way. For her. For us. For tennis. For Nastase.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:08 Thiems coach
1:09
Yoeri: 

40-30. Bolelli’s serve earns him game point. Thiem sends his return wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:09 Yoeri
1:09
Yoeri: 

Game Bolelli. Another wide return. 2-2 in the third.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:09 Yoeri
1:10
Yoeri: 

Yeah Thiems coach. It’s always advisable to keep Nastase out of it

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:10 Yoeri
1:10
Yoeri: 

30-0. Thiem with another awesome BH. He’s cleaning up now

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:10 Yoeri
1:10
Yoeri: 

30-15. Bolelli stepping up the court and Thiem plays his groundy long

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:10 Yoeri
1:11
Yoeri: 

30-30. Double fault form Thiem

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:11 Yoeri
1:12
Yoeri: 

30-40. And another double fault!!! What’s happening here?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:12 Yoeri
1:12
Yoeri: 

A rare chance for Bolelli. Second serve to boot

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:12 Yoeri
1:13
Yoeri: 

40-40. Thiem going for the surprise drop shot mid-rally. Earns him the point with an easy put away

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:13 Yoeri
1:13
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Fifth ace from Thiem. It seems Bolelli’s last chance has passed

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:13 Yoeri
1:13
Yoeri: 

Game Thiem

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:13 Yoeri
1:17
Yoeri: 

A few missed points due to lack of coverage! My sincerest apologies

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:17 Yoeri
1:18
Yoeri: 

15-40. Bolelli in trouble on his serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:18 Yoeri
1:18
Yoeri: 

40-40. Saves both break points! Last one with an error from Thiem

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:18 Yoeri
1:18
Yoeri: 

Adv. Bolelli. Another error from Thiem. Making a mess of it

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:18 Yoeri
1:19
Yoeri: 

40-40. Error from Bolelli

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:19 Yoeri
1:19
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Much better. Taking it to the Italian

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:19 Yoeri
1:20
Yoeri: 

40-40. Service bailing Simone out time and time again.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:20 Yoeri
1:20
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Horrendous miss from Bolelli at the net there. Could this be his final push?

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:20 Yoeri
1:21
Yoeri: 

40-40. Thiem just can’t get the return in play sometimes

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:21 Yoeri
1:21
Yoeri: 

Adv. Bolelli. And again. Giving Bolelli hope!

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:21 Yoeri
1:21
Yoeri: 

40-40. This is turning out to look like the longest game of the second set. That Bolelli hold was a very long one

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:21 Yoeri
1:22
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. BH coming through again. He likes that BH up the line

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:22 Yoeri
1:22
Yoeri: 

40-40. Thiem hangs his head out of frustration after that miss

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:22 Yoeri
1:23
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Double fault from the Italian

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:23 Yoeri
1:23
Yoeri: 

second serve

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:23 Yoeri
1:23
Yoeri: 

40-40. From way back Thiem is firing those BH’s again but the last one sails long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:23 Yoeri
1:24
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. Bolelli with his FH while moving forward

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:24 Yoeri
1:24
Yoeri: 

40-40. Smashes his way out of trouble. Needed two smashes though. His heart must have been pounding

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:24 Yoeri
1:25
Yoeri: 

Adv. Thiem. The young Austrian has had enough of this by the looks of it. Going for his shots again. The trajectory on his BH is really exceptional

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:25 Yoeri
1:25
Yoeri: 

40-40. Finally a good return from Thiem’s perspective but he can’t follow it up with the goods. Going down the line with his BH but misses.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:25 Yoeri
1:26
[Comment From Thiems coachThiems coach: ] 

Thiem…

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:26 Thiems coach
1:26
Yoeri: 

Adv. Bolelli after a service winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:26 Yoeri
1:26
Yoeri: 

Game Bolelli. He wins the marathon game

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:26 Yoeri
1:27
Yoeri: 

3-3 in the third

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:27 Yoeri
1:27
Yoeri: 

How will Thiem handle all those missed opportunities.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:27 Yoeri
1:27
Yoeri: 

0-15. With a double fault, is the answer

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:27 Yoeri
1:28
Yoeri: 

15-15. Thiem has to reinvigorate his game somehow. He did do so on the last point with a cross court FH winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:28 Yoeri
1:28
Yoeri: 

40-15. Thiem gets to break point with a deft touch at the net playing the short ball

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:28 Yoeri
1:29
Yoeri: 

Game Thiem. Going back behind Bolelli pays dividends

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:29 Yoeri
1:30
Yoeri: 

Thiem leads with two sets to nil: 7-5, 6-1, 4-3

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:30 Yoeri
1:30
Yoeri: 

On serve

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:30 Yoeri
1:31
Yoeri: 

15-0. Bolelli looking not to get to a tight affair again on his own serve. Firing that service to great effect

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:31 Yoeri
1:32
Yoeri: 

15-15. Bolelli slicing and that’s never a good sign for him as the ball sets up for one of Thiem’s screamers. This time he punishes him with an inside in FH winner

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:32 Yoeri
1:32
Yoeri: 

15-30. A looping clay court looking rally. Bolelli misses with his FH in the net

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:32 Yoeri
1:33
Yoeri: 

15-40. There’s a good return from Thiem. Taking the ball early with his BH up the line. Bolelli looked to be cheating the other way with his footwork.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:33 Yoeri
1:34
Yoeri: 

BREAK THIEM. Thiem breaking Bolelli’s serve for the sixth time. Another BH down the line.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:34 Yoeri
1:34
Yoeri: 

5-3 in the third.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:34 Yoeri
1:35
Yoeri: 

15-15. It looks to be over. Thiem now producing winners from all over the court with every shot in the book. For the record books: an inside out FH winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:35 Yoeri
1:35
Yoeri: 

30-15. Going all out on the second serve. Aces bolelli.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:35 Yoeri
1:36
Yoeri: 

40-15. Thiem in overdrive. Another ace

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:36 Yoeri
1:36
Yoeri: 

He’s got two match points.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:36 Yoeri
1:36
Yoeri: 

GAME. SET. MATCH! Thiem finishes with a hattrick of aces. First called out but then overruled by the umpire.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:36 Yoeri
1:37
Yoeri: 

Nice little gestures from both at the net. Thiem thanking the crowd. At the end things went fast. Bolelli showed his fighting spirit but just was always up against it.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:37 Yoeri
1:38
Yoeri: 

Stay tuned at Tennis-Pulse with a full recap of this match for your pleasure

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:38 Yoeri
1:39
Yoeri: 

Just as I wrote that, it’s already published. What can I say? We like to work fast

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:39 Yoeri
1:41
Yoeri: 

After blasting past Tomic in the first round, Bolelli didn’t have the solution to weather the storm that is Thiem’s lightening game.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:41 Yoeri
1:43
Yoeri: 

Next up for Thiem will be either another youngster in Coric or the 25th seed American Johnson

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:43 Yoeri
1:43
Yoeri: 

That was it for me. I hope you liked my coverage. I know Thiem’s coach sure did

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:43 Yoeri
1:44
Yoeri: 

Be sure to check out the other match now playing and getting our coverage: Djokovic vs Souza

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:44 Yoeri
1:44
Yoeri: 

Time to get a few words in from Thiem in a courtside interview.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:44 Yoeri
1:45
Yoeri: 

“I played well. If Bolelli gets the bal at the right height he can be dangerous. So it was imperative that I moved him around a lot.”

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:45 Yoeri
1:45
Yoeri: 

About the fact he squandered a lot of breakpoints: “My percentages went up at the end of the match. I’m just pleased to have come through!”

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:45 Yoeri
1:46
Yoeri: 

Now it’s time to say goodbye. See you next time on Tennis-Pulse. And remember to follow Djokovic vs Souza right now, here at www.tennis-pulse.com

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:46 Yoeri