Dominic Thiem’s comeback to the major circuit this season has been a dismal 0-for-6, and he will have to retire after Roland Garros in 2021 unless he can turn things around.
Only last week in Bastad did the twenty-first-year Us Open champion erase the 0 in the win column, defeating Emiil Ruusuvuori and then Roberto Bautista Agut. The manner in which he eliminated Hugo Gaston in Gstaad was remarkably similar to the manner in which he eliminated other opponents, demonstrating once again an excellent disposition for conflict.
This is his tale, told to the A.T.P., that spans the ages. “My goal now was to resume winning. Having felt confident after the Challenger the week before, I believe I made significant improvements from Roland Garros and the other tournaments I entered.
My confidence and calm have been restored thanks to my victory over two Top 50 opponents “His words shed light on the situation.
Thiem describes the transitions as “not easy over the spring.”
“Losing weight every week this spring was a challenge.
It was difficult for me to accept that I wasn’t on the same intellectual level as everyone else because of the way they were expressing themselves. Mentally, it was also a major challenge: after Roland Garros, my team and I focused on different blocks of work to get back to our previous levels of performance.” The Austrian tennis player is unfazed by the challenges he faces and remains committed to returning to the upper echelons of the rankings.
“At the moment, I feel like I did at the start of my career, when each new accomplishment was a huge deal. As you continue to progress week after week, each victory will no longer hold the same level of significance.” Thank you also to Sinner and Alcaraz.
“Both of them were going to make it, I just knew it. there, and I expect their star to continue to rise.” Photograph by Getty Images.