After splitting two tiebreak sets, Querrey blasted his way to the finish line, dropping just three games in the final two sets. Querrey won a whopping 90 percent of first serve points and converted a perfect four out of four break points. Thiem was unable to convert any of his six break point opportunities.
"It was huge," Querrey said of his break point success, "against a big server like myself, it's a little draining once you lose serve and kind of took the wind out of his sails a little bit."
It was a nightmare draw for the grass-averse Thiem, whose trusty kick serve bounced right into the 6’6” Querrey’s strike zone. Thiem’s typical fighting determination turned to despair after failing to convert his final break point opportunity at 3-4 in the third set; he was broken the very next game.
"After that, not a lot was working," Thiem said of his final missed break opportunity, "that was tough for me."
Thiem has made it past the second round just once, in 2017, and this is his second consecutive first round exit. Thiem is in good company though, as fellow top seeds Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev both fell in the first round yesterday.
The 31-year-old American will face 21-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev in the second round.