The French Open this year, according to former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem, was “the ultimate low point” for him. In late March, Thiem, who suffered a wrist injury during the 2021 grass season, started playing tennis again. Thiem suffered a crushing 6-3 6-2 6-4 loss to Hugo Dellien in the French Open first round after losing his first six matches.
A painful exit at the French Open left Thiem, a two-time semifinalist, obviously heartbroken. Before competing in a Challenger tournament, Thiem spent a month practicing on the practice court after the defeat.
Thiem: The French Open was the lowest point in all of tennis.
“The French Open was the lowest point, and I can see why everyone was critical. The way I played there was awful. I had my reservations because there had been a few months of intensive preparation before that.
I discovered during practice that I am outmatched by the good men and cannot win a set. The extensive training period that followed Paris was crucial. When I realized that it feels better now and somewhat like it used to, something clicked.
The first quarterfinal followed by the first victory on the tour, both in Bastad, were crucial. I realized then that I can once again defeat players who are stronger. After that, things mostly again continued in the right manner “Thiem provided information to Erste Bank Open.
Thiem has advanced to three ATP semifinals since then. Since the beginning of the indoor-hard swing, Thiem has been performing well, although he acknowledges that he still requires a little more consistency. “That is unquestionably the case, yet I could still have a few more matches where I experience less ups and downs.
If you play every week, this can only get better. Actually, that suited me just fine. This is precisely how I may regain my consistency “Thiem elucidated.