Dominic Thiem made his comeback at the ATP 250 tournament in Bastad, and he won a match on the main tour. Fourteen months passed before the Austrian finally heard, “Game, set, and match, Thiem.”
He suffered a serious injury to his right wrist in 1993 and has been working hard to get back to his old form ever since. The Austrian is competing at the Gstaad tournament this week; he advanced past the first round by defeating the seventh-seeded Hugo Gaston.
“I really needed the victory we got in Bastad. The Challenger tournament in Salzburg the week prior was an encouraging development. Compared to Roland Garros and the other tournaments, I felt like I made significant progress “Thiem elaborated on this for the ATP in an exclusive interview.
“For my self-esteem, it was a huge boost that I was able to win two matches in Bastad, despite playing two players ranked in the top 50. After a string of defeats, it was difficult to maintain optimism. My playing style was also a source of concern; I was afraid I lacked the skill required to compete at a high level.
Some games I played knowing full well that I had no shot at winning. It was tough on the mind. After Roland Garros, I informed my coaching staff that I would require additional training in order to return to my previous level of play.
In this moment, progress is being made “.
They can’t get enough of Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz.
Finally, Thiem spoke highly of Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, two young tennis players who have impressed in recent months.
“I also trained with Sinner and played in an exhibition match against him. It was exciting to see him reach the pinnacle of tennis success after anticipating it for so long. Now that he has been there for a while, I have no doubt that he will continue to excel.
Even though I was already familiar with Alcaraz, it wasn’t until after I was released that he finally cracked the case. He won the tournament in Umag, but he lost to an Austrian tennis player (Alexander Erler, ed.) in Kitzbuehel, so I saw some of his matches.
As it happens, I was able to watch the entire game. It was obvious right away that he was going to have a quick ascent into the top 10 on the major circuit. I really want to confront them soon. Tennis matches against brand-new opponents are always exciting. I can imagine it won’t be much fun. It will be really tough against them” .