Dominic Thiem is not going through an easy moment in his career. Since his last major title in Flushing Meadows, where he won his first Grand Slam, the Austrian has had no highlights, instead injuries and disappointments have overtaken him.
The serious wrist problem kept him in the pits for a long time and made him lose contact with the top positions in the ranking. From the third position, reached in March 2020, the man from Wiener Neustadt has sunk to the current position of 96 in the ranking, and he is fighting tremendously to return to the world of tennis that he tells of.
In this first part of the season, the former US Open champion has suffered almost only losses. The most painful were, without a doubt, the one he suffered against Andrey Rublev in the first round of the Australian Open (3-0), and the ones suffered against the Croatians Borna Gojo and Borna Coric, which led to their elimination in the Davis Cup tie.
for his Austria. Until the last one, in chronological order, he last night against Thiago Monteiro in Rio de Janeiro. His only victory in his bad start to the season came in the first round of the ATP tournament in Buenos Aires, where he got rid of the Slovakian Alex Molcan.
Thiem, however, surprisingly preached calm in his press conference, stating that he is confident that in time his form and his results will return. “I need time, I need to find myself at the bottom line. On this surface, whoever dominates the points from the baseline wins the match.
The road takes time, but I don’t stress, I try to do my best on the track, live in the moment, without thinking about what will come next.”
Chizever reflects on Thiem
In a conversation on the Tennis Channel-Inside In podcast, Chizever reflected on the Dominic Thiem’s difficult journey.
“It’s so brutal to watch. I feel so bad and I think, instead of being that negative on Thiem, I think Thiem’s struggle tells you so much about how brutal tennis is,” he said. “I agree [that Thiem will not get back to the top 10 of the ATP rankings ever].
I watched him in Davis Cup and that was indoor tennis. So, it’s not where he wants to be. When he lost to Borna Coric, that’s a fine loss. He lost to Borna Gojo. On paper, not a great loss. But, when I watched it, it was like, it made sense why he lost,” observed Chizever.
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