"I did have chances", said Thiem.
The 24-year old broke Rafael Nadal's 50-match winning run on the clay in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open, in-fact Thiem was the last man to defeat the Spaniard on the surface at the 2017 Rome Masters.
Nadal lost his first match on clay in over a year last week in the Madrid quarter-finals to Austrian Dominic Thiem and as a result lost his world number one ranking to Roger Federer.
With AP Photos.Fabio Fognini got the Foro Italico crowd fired up with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round of the Italian Open.
Wozniacki eliminated Belgian qualifier Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4, and three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova came back to beat Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
The 31-year-old, who recently claimed the 11th titles of his career at both Monte Carlo and Barcelona, took the first set in 34 minutes, coasting to victory in just an hour.
The 16-time Grand Slam victor next takes on either Canadian Denis Shapovalov, 19, or Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Thiem was joined in making an early exit by Dimitrov and John Isner, who lost respective close matches to Kei Nishikori and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, while Kevin Anderson retired after losing the first set to Aljaz Bedene.
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Djokovic, a four-time victor of the Italian Open, also had little trouble in his second round match, defeating Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 18 minutes.
After the match, Pliskova didn't shake hands with the chair umpire and struck the chair several times with her racket.
With the score at 6-3, 3-6, 5-5 and serving at 30-30, Pliskova had an overhead smash incorrectly called out, and after the umpire, Marta Mrozinska, could not find the ball mark the original call stood. She could not hide her fury as she went on to lose the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. "It was just him, he was very pumped playing at home".
Halep reached the final in Rome previous year and needs to reach the quarter-finals this time to retain her world number one ranking.
Following a shot that Thiem sent far and wide past Fognini's baseline, the former was so incensed that he swung his racquet to the ground, and clearly one swing wasn't enough as he continued to destroy it on the clay.
Maria Sakkari upset sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in three sets with an impressive comeback, and Johanna Konta overcame Su-Wei Hsieh 6-0, 6-4. And I knew she knew I couldn't hit a backhand, so we were just having backhand rallies.
Thiem did eventually go on to succumb to an even younger prodigy in the sport - Germany's Alexander Zverev - in the tournament final in Spain's capital, the world number 3 defeating Thiem in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.