Thiem takes out under-strength Aussie selection
Dominic Thiem got Austria off to a great start in the opening rubber of their Davis Cup World Group playoff against Australia in Graz.
Austria's number one thrashed world number 111 Jordan Thompson 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 to put the home side ahead against an under-strength Australia.
Captain Lleyton Hewitt is without top-ranked player Nick Kyrgios, who chose to rest his fragile body after a relatively demanding American hard-court campaign.
And he decided US Open quarter-finalist John Millman wasn't ready to play on Friday so put Thompson - who stunned Jack Sock in the Davis Cup last year - in against one of the best players in the world on clay.
Thiem converted his third break point to go 3-1 up in the first set and broke again to take it 6-1 before breaking his opponent in the sixth game of the second set.
The 25-year-old raced through the final set without dropping a game as Thompson, who won only six points in the third, remained deep behind the baseline on the defensive for the entire match.
"It was really cool, pleasant temperatures, full centre court and the performance was also very good," said Thiem later.
"You cannot ask for more, I am over the US Open and I am satisfied."
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