On the way back to the top of the world, Dominic Thiem has made remarkable progress in recent weeks. The lower Austrian, who currently ranks 231 in the tennis world rankings, said in an interview with APA that the training went well. “I tried to rise to the level again. I managed it really well,” says Tim, convinced that he is getting closer and closer to his old performance.
But recently, a respiratory infection put the 28-year-old out of action for a week. That’s why Tim canceled his master’s start in Cincinnati, also with a view to the coming months. “Because I plan to play a lot of tournaments and hopefully I can have a strong end to the season,” Tim explained. On Tuesday night (1:00 a.m.) Thiem kicks off his ATP 250 hard court season in Winston-Salem against American JJ Wolf (ATP 87), the first game since the Kitzbühel quarterfinal at the end of July.
Then Tim goes to the US Open in New York and returns to the place of his greatest victory. Two years ago, Tim won the Big Apple Championship. In any case, the anticipation is high, as he was unable to play last year due to a wrist injury. “Since it became clear that I could play again this year, the US Open has always been a big goal. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Big confidence in the hard court season
First of all, Tim will return to the hard court in Winston-Salem for the first time since March 2021. “An unbelievably long time,” stressed Tim, who entered the main tournament competition at North Carolina State for the first time thanks to a wildcard. Self-confidence returned in the former world number three. “I am generally comfortable on hard courts, how I move and how I play it. I think this can work well.”
Now it comes to returning to the ancient power. “I’m just trying to find my old game again,” Tim said. He can “play just like two, three, four years ago when I was very successful.” That’s why nothing great about his game in training would change. ATP ASAP: “The target is the top 100 and therefore direct qualification for the main competition of the Australian Open.”
Tim’s fall cycle calendar will be full, at least that’s the plan. He will still compete in the 250 Championships in Metz and Tel Aviv in September and will compete in the 500 Championships in Vienna at the end of October. Other missions are also scheduled in the middle.
ATP 250 Championships at Winston-Salem
(US, $823,420, Saab)
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