Dominic Thiem won a thrilling rally against Maximilian Marterer at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle
Second seed from Austria won through 7-5 6-3
By Sky Sports Tennis
Last Updated: 20/06/17 1:02pm
Dominic Thiem and his opponent Maximilian Marterer entertained Halle spectators at the Gerry Weber Open with an incredible lung-busting rally.
The Austrian second seed came into the tournament having enjoyed a successful clay-court campaign where he reached the semi-finals of the French Open.
And he made a smooth transition to the grass in Halle where he defeated qualifier Marterer in straight sets 7-5 6-3 in the first round on Monday.
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The world No 8 was pushed all the way in a tight first set and in the third game of the second set Thiem came under pressure from Marterer, but he managed to stay in the rally to conjure up a winner which thrilled the crowd.
Marterer, 22, who hit a single-handed no-look backhand from the baseline during the point, covered 49.9 metres, while his opponent covered 52.9 metres during an epic rally.
Click on the video above to see the thrills and spills from this sensational rally between Thiem and Marterer...
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