In defeat, physically sapped and emotionally spent, Dominic Thiem looks on Sunday (Feb 2) as athletes often do. Hollow. Haunted. Deflated.
In defeat you often want privacy and escape, not even sometimes a touch of a parent's hand. But instead he must stand here in Rod Laver Arena, the second-best man, his pain on parade. When athletes wipe their faces as they wait, they are only adjusting their masks.