Since claiming his first major title at the US open last year, Dominic Thiem has been a shadow of himself. After beating Alexander Zverev in a thrilling five-set final, Thiem has suffered a string of surprising defeats this year.
While he has often flourished during the claycourt season, the Austrian has continued to struggle for form, crashing out early in Rome and Lyon. Injuries have played a part as well as Thiem was sidelined for two months by a foot problem. He did make an encouraging return making the semi-finals in Madrid, but has lost his way since.
The World no. 4 took a wildcard for Lyon to get some matches under his belt before the French Open. But after a 6-3, 6-2 drubbing by Cameron Norrie in the first round, Thiem is far from ready.
“It was a huge disappointment just now. Just also a big, I would stay, step backwards after promising tournaments in Madrid and Rome,” Thiem said in a post-match interview.
“I don’t really know why. I was preparing well here, practising well and just didn’t find any rhythm, any strokes. Don’t really know what happened. But as I said, it’s just a huge step back. I was hoping to take the little positive signs from Madrid and Rome here, but it didn’t work out. I have to analyse [it] now and look [towards] Roland Garros. It’s not good for the confidence.”
“I need to find a way back somehow. The next match is already the first round at Roland Garros and until that day I need to hopefully sort it out. I’m still [trying] to find the way I’m playing.”
Dominic Thiem Lacks Confidence Heading Into The French Open
After two poor showings in Rome and Lyon, there will be doubts over Thiem’s match fitness heading into Roland Garros.
A French Open finalist in 2018 and 2019, losing both to Rafael Nadal, Thiem has always been a force to reckon with on the clay courts in Paris.
While Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be the heavy favourites heading into the second slam of the year, history says that Dominic Thiem is not far behind and will fancy his chances as well.
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