Wawrinka ousted by young pretender Thiem in Madrid

Tue May 6, 2014 6:35pm EDT
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MADRID (Reuters) - Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka crashed to a shock second-round defeat at the Madrid Open on Tuesday when he was upset 1-6 6-2 6-4 by qualifier Dominic Thiem.

Third-seeded Swiss Wawrinka, who followed up his title in Melbourne with victory at last month's Monte Carlo Masters, started strongly against the 70th-ranked Austrian, who at 20 years and eight months is the youngest player in the top 100.

However, he lost his way in the second set and was unable to recover in the third as Thiem pulled off his first ever win over a top 10 player to secure passage to the third round and a meeting with 15th seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia or unseeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Wawrinka told a news conference he had found trouble adjusting to the conditions in the Spanish capital, where the thinner air at altitude helps the balls fly faster than a clay court at sea level.

"It's never easy to (adjust), especially here, it's flying a little bit," added the 29-year-old, who lost to Nadal in last year's Madrid final.

"He was finding his game and I was hesitating with my game and wasn't playing my best game.

"He's a good player. We all know that. We all see that, especially since the beginning of the year.

"I'm not surprised because I know him. He was going for it and he deserved to win."

Thiem added: "I cannot really believe it.   Continued...

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland reacts after losing a point to Dominic Thiem of Austria during their match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament May 6, 2014. REUTER/Susana Vera