By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday Could 19, 2021
Dominic Thiem has simply six clay-court matches below his belt as he prepares to take the courtroom in Lyon on Thursday, the place he’ll face Cameron Norrie in second-round motion. The Austrian, who returned to the tour in Madrid two weeks in the past after six weeks off, says he’s a bit bit not on time when it comes to discovering his finest kind forward of Roland-Garros.
“If I examine my preparation this 12 months to the earlier years it is positively a bit bit worse this 12 months, I need not lie about that, however I nonetheless see my probabilities to play properly there and hopefully work myself into the match,” Thiem instructed Tennis Now at his pre-tournament press convention on Wednesday.
Nevertheless it doesn’t imply that Thiem, who would be the No.4 seed at Roland-Garros and can enter the draw with a stellar observe report over the past 5 years in Paris, received’t have the ability to make a run on the title.
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— Dominic Thiem (@ThiemDomi) April 29, 2021
“Most likely I am additionally not enjoying pretty much as good as in 2018, however I am additionally a greater tennis participant now than I used to be in 2016 and 2017 and I nonetheless made semis these two years,” Thiem mentioned. “As I mentioned I attempted to observe properly, to work arduous, to hopefully get some matches right here in Lyon, then I’ll work on myself within the match.”
Thiem reached the ultimate at Roland-Garros in 2018 and 2019, and the semifinals in 2017 and 2017. Final 12 months he suffered his earliest loss since 2015 when he fell to Diego Schwartzman within the quarterfinals.
Thiem felt the necessity to disconnect from the game after early season struggles dragged him down in March. He took six weeks off and says that a part of the concept was to rediscover a starvation once more.
“I didn’t observe mentally I used to be simply very far-off from tennis, not watching any tennis, simply tried to get hungry once more and to essentially look ahead to being again on tour and that’s what I did,” he mentioned, including: “I assume everyone wants someday to only disconnect from the job and that’s what I did and now I’m comfortable to be again on the tour.”
Thiem’s dream? It’s nonetheless alive, and regardless of being not on time in his preparations this spring, he nonetheless believes he can win the title in Paris. If not this 12 months then why not the subsequent?
“Now my dream is to win one other Grand Slam title, and if I take a look at the outcomes I believe that the possibilities are largest on the French Open in all probability, since I did the finals two earlier years,” he mentioned.