Dominic Thiem didn't have everything go his way on Monday, but he rose to the occasion to advance to the Tel Aviv Watergen Open second round. At the ATP 250 competition in Israel, the Austrian wild card defeated Laslo Djere 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4 in two hours and forty minutes by strengthening his serve and discovering his range.
Aiming to reach his fourth tour-level quarterfinal of the year, the former World No. 3 Thiem will take on second seed Marin Cilic after reaching the final at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Rennes earlier this month. Thiem levelled his ATP Head2Head series against Djere at 1-1 after a spirited contest in which he hit 25 winners and displayed solid serve play in the third set.
In other play, Roman Safiullin won his first tour-level match since defeating Mikael Ymer in Belgrade in April, defeating Frenchman Hugo Grenier 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and four minutes.