Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem defeated Joao Souza of Brazil 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5 in a rain-soaked first-round match at the Bet-at-Home Open on Monday.
The 50th-ranked Austrian converted his fourth match point as he broke Souza for a third time in the final set. After the second set, the match was interrupted for nearly an hour due to heavy rain at the Tennis Stadium Kitzbuehel in Austria.
In the second game of the match, Souza walked off the court after being warned by the umpire for taking too much time between his serves.
The Brazilian, who broke Thiem in the opening game, sat on his chair for several minutes, but decided to play on after the umpire refused to call the supervisor.
Thiem next plays Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic, who defeated Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-4, 6-4.
Earlier, Pere Riba of Spain held off four set points in the opener before defeating Dustin Brown of Germany 7-6 (6), 7-5.
Riba trailed 6-2 in the tiebreaker before reeling off six straight points. Brown, who hit 14 aces, dropped serve at 5-5 in the second set.
Also, Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina beat eighth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain rallied to beat Croatia’s Victor Galovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2; and Andreas Haider-Maurer defeated Gerald Melzer 6-2, 7-6 (1) in an all-Austrian tie.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
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