Story of the match
Kyrgios was fired up from the get-go, and had the crowd on its feet a few minutes into the contest when he broke the Thiem serve in the first game of the match. He kept his advantage throughout the opening set, which he wrapped up on the 37-minute mark.
Some great net coverage helped Kyrgios create a break point in the ninth game of set two but a cleverly-disguised drop shot from Thiem got the third seed out of trouble. Still Kyrgios got the break on his third chance and kept celebrating with his fans while sitting at his bench during the changeover. In typical Kyrgios fashion, the 25-year-old secured a two-set lead with an underarm ace.
“The Greatest Showman,” said commentator Mark Petchey on the world feed. Indeed many of Kyrgios’ moves could have landed him a role on the Hugh Jackman-led blockbuster.
An hour and a half into the match, Thiem finally managed to break the Kyrgios serve on his way to a 3-0 advantage in the third set. The 27-year-old bagged the set on another signature shot from Kyrgios, an attempted tweener that landed in the net.
Kyrgios saved two break points to hold in game one of the fourth. They were neck and neck throughout the set until a failed Kyrgios tweener proved costly as Thiem broke for a 5-4 lead. Things got worse for the Australian as he copped a point penalty that gifted Thiem a head-start in the next game. Thiem saved a break point and served out the set to force a deciding fifth.
More drama ensued when Kyrgios received a hindrance call against him but he still managed to hold after that for 3-2.
A punishing return from Thiem helped the Austrian break in game seven and it was all he needed to complete a memorable triumph.