“Needed It”: Dominic Thiem Highlights the Importance of Abrupt Break in the Middle of the Season

Published 05/01/2021, 9:03 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 08: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts after winning his mens singles semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fourteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 08, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)


World No.4 Dominic Thiem hasn’t got a great start in the 2021 tennis season. He is yet to win a title this season and certainly hasn’t performed well. Interestingly, he has a 5-4 win-loss ratio at the moment which is quite disappointing for a player like him.

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Dominic Thiem last played at the ATP Dubai 2021. After that, he suffered an unfortunate knee injury and missed the initial tournaments on clay like the Monte Carlo Masters 2021. However, it is evident that he has recovered from his injury now and will be playing at the upcoming Mutua Madrid Open 2021.

In a recent interview, Thiem revealed that the short break due to the injury was really good for him. The Austrian player stated that he needed that break but now, it is the time for him to return to the court.

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PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 28: Dominic Thiem of Austria in action against Marin Cilic of Croatia in the first round of the singles competition on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on September 28th, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

“Yeah, I mean the break was good. I needed it too. But now it’s also time to come back. I think Madrid is a great place for me. I only have fond memories of that tournament,” said Thiem in the interview. (Translated by Google Translate)

The US Open 2020 winner reflected that Madrid is a great place for him. He mentioned that he has great memories of that place. Interestingly, Thiem ended up as the runner-up of the tournament in 2017 and 2018.

“Happy to be back here”- Dominic Thiem ahead of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021

Thiem feels that the conditions in Madrid suit him and are almost ideal for him. He highlighted that he has performed well at the tournament in the recent past which will be advantageous for him. Thus, he believes that he can play well in Madrid this year as well, especially after the break.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 04: Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates after winning match point during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Hugo Gaston of France on day eight of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 04, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“The conditions are amazing for my game. The results have always been so good in recent years. I am happy to be back here and I hope I can play as well ,” added the World No.4 player.

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It’ll be definitely intriguing to watch Dominic Thiem at the Mutua Madrid Open this year. Fans expect him to make a convincing comeback at the tournament after his return. Will Thiem be able to conquer Madrid this year after two failed attempts?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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