Yes, and as the first set progressed, he sliced more to take away free speed from Munar, before going on the attack when he got a soft ball or Munar was out of position.Munar looks like one of the most frustating players to play against for an attacker. So many shots required to put down.
Thiem made some studip errors and made his life much tougher, but that was NID. Still a positive match, I could see pre-Massu Thiem to ballbash himself out of tournament in 4 sets. He wasn't perfect, but usually waited for a good opportunity to speed up the tempo.
This I totally agree with. It did indeed look like they started to play clay court tennis with long rallies at one stage, which is not that strange if you consider the fact that both of these two players are 'originally' claycourters - it's easy to just fall into that mood with someone else playing the same way.Domi was alright (obviously not at his best) but Munar was chasing every ball back and was doing great. This match looked like a clay court one.
No idea why Munar retired at the end of the 2nd.