“Can Still Achieve Great Things”: Dominic Thiem Feels Confident Following Loss to Roberto Bautista Agut at Qatar Open 2021

Published 03/12/2021, 3:19 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his third round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


After suffering a humiliating defeat against Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open 2021, it appears as if Dominic Thiem has still not regained his momentum. He lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarters of the Qatar Open 2021 in a close contest yesterday. The final scoreline of the match was 6-7, 6-2, 4-6.

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Even though Dominic Thiem put up a great fight, he was not able to perform under pressure. He gave too many points away that led Roberto Bautista Agut to establish a healthy lead over him.

In the post-match interview, Thiem revealed that he was satisfied with his overall performance. However, he admitted that he could have played better in key moments. He also highlighted that his game is not in the right direction at the moment.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021, Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first-round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina

“ I am quite satisfied with my performance,” began Thiem. “I fought today from start to finish. It is clear that when it comes to the purely tennis aspect, I made a lot of mistakes, especially at key moments. I think this game is not in the right direction.”

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

Although Thiem is out of the tournament right now, he’ll be playing at the Dubai Tennis Championships 2021 next week.

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Thiem surely hasn’t got off to a great start in the 2021 tennis season. However, he still feels confident about his game and believes that he can achieve great things in Dubai next week.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021, Austria’s Dominic Thiem during his third-round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

“I will try to continue with this dynamic from next week. I always have enough confidence in my game and in my level to be aware that I can still achieve great things,” added the US Open 2020 winner.

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