Dominic Thiem admits he is ‘still very inconsistent’ after Estoril exit


Dominic Thiem admits he is “still very inconsistent” and acknowledged that winning back-to-back matches for the first time in seven months tells a lot about his form.

On Friday, Thiem suffered a 6-1 6-4 defeat to Quentin Halys in the Estoril quarterfinal.

Before losing against Halys, Thiem defeated Sebastian Ofner and Ben Shelton, respectively.

For Thiem, it was his first back-to-back wins of the season. 

Prior to Estoril, Thiem was 1-8 on the year.

Now, Thiem is 3-9 in 2023. 

“I’m still very inconsistent. Serve wasn’t here today. It’s still a positive week for me, first time in 7 months that I win back-to-back matches, which isn’t obviously a great stat,” Thiem said, per Jose Morgado.

Thiem suffered a straight-set defeat to Halys

Halys earned the first break of the match in the fourth game to open a 3-1 lead.

In the fifth, Thiem had two break points to get the break back but didn’t convert as Halys took a 4-1 lead.

Halys then broke Thiem again in the sixth game for a 5-1 lead, before serving out for the first set in the following game.

After winning the first set, Halys also earned the first break of the second set in the fifth game.

Up by a set and a break, Halys held on to his serve for the remainder of the match to complete a two-set win.

“I’m playing really, really good at the moment. For me to be here in the semi-finals for the first tournament on clay is huge for me and I’ve played some really good players. I’m so happy and I’m looking forward for tomorrow because I think I can do well again tomorrow. It’s going to be a tough one, but I’m really looking forward [to it],” Halys said after beating Thiem.

Meanwhile, Thiem confirmed after the Halys loss that he is intending to return to Estoril in the future.

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