February 20, 2019 / 3:48 AM / a month ago

Top seed Thiem knocked out of Rio Open in first round

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - First Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during the match against France’s Benoit Paire. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Top seed Dominic Thiem was knocked out the Rio Open in the first round on Tuesday, going down 6-3, 6-3 to Laslo Djere, a result that gave the unheralded Serbian his first victory over a top 10 player in his career.

The world ranked No. 90 broke Thiem’s serve five times in what was a surprisingly lacklustre display from a man who has won eight ATP titles on clay.

Thiem served five double faults in a tournament he won in 2017.

“He played a bit worse than normally I think, to be honest,” Djere said. “But I had a great day. I felt the ball really well, hitting well from the baseline and then attacking well when it was time for that.”

“The biggest win in my career so I’m really happy right now.”

In another upset, third seed Marco Cecchinato was beaten 7-5, 7-6(1) by Slovenian Aljaz Bedene.

Cecchinato was on a high after winning the Argentina Open on Sunday but he never hit the same heights against the unseeded Bedene.

(The story fixes Djere spelling in intro and fourth paragraph)

Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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