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Dominic Thiem sent a few tremors through the tennis world on Tuesday when he upset Stan Wawrinka for his first career top ten victory at the Mutua Madrid Masters. In case you missed the match, you can get acquainted with the sizzling game of the Austrian by watching this epic point, which not only showcases Thiem's ballistic ball-striking but also shows that the youngster has speed to burn and excellent feel for the clay.

Dream Thiem: 20-Year-Old Austrian Shocks Wawrinka for Biggest Win of Career

Watch how Thiem slugs it out with one of the biggest, most formidable hitters on tour, then counters Wawrinka's net rush with a well-placed squash shot on the stretch before rambling to the net, throwing himself into a slide and flicking a winner down the line to take the game.

Thiem would later tell reporters that he was a little overwhelmed by the pace of Wawrinka's game in the first set of his 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 triumph. “Of course I was a little bit nervous,” Thiem said, “but it wasn't the reason for the first set. His pace was just too high for me. I played a good game in the beginning of the second set to break him, and then I started to get used to more and more his pace and angles and his game.”

Thiem, who will next face either Feliciano Lopez or Mikhail Youzhny at Madrid, is proving to be a pretty quick study on the ATP Tour. He's the youngest player in the ATP's top 100, and with a clean, punishing game like his, there is certainly plenty of room to climb...