“Will Take Me Some Weeks to Get to My Best Level”: Dominic Thiem on Preparations Ahead of Serbian Open 2021

Published 04/08/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
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 reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem has had an unsatisfactory start in 2021 compared to last year. To regain his match-fitness level, the Austrian withdrew from the upcoming Monte-Carlo Masters. But now, he is back on the court, aiming for a stirring comeback in Belgrade and Madrid.

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Earlier, the 27-year-old Austrian had even expressed that he was not a machine when speaking about his inconsistent performances this year. Currently, he is on a 5-4 win-loss record, which he would look forward to improving in the Serbian Open 2021.

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Dominic Thiem resumes training to get fully fit for Madrid Open 2021

At present, World No. 4 Dominic Thiem is preparing for the Belgrade tournament in Traiskirchen, Austria. Fortunately, on completion of his first training session after the short break, the Austrian was delighted with the results on the court. But he very well knows that he still has a long way to go.

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 30: Dominic Thiem of Austria plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles second-round match against Jack Sock of The United States of America on day four of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on September 30, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“Everything went quite well; for the next couple of days, I‘ll be working really hard. But still, it will take me some weeks to get to my best level,” Dominic said.

To turn up the training intensity, his coach and two-time Olympic Gold medallist, Nicolas Massu, will join Dominic this coming Sunday. Since the Serbian Open 2021 starts on April 19, they will have enough time to work their way back.

In the end, Dominic revealed that he is presently focusing on improving his physical fitness with Mike Reinprecht. His target as of now is to get his rhythm in place for Madrid Open 2021.

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Who all are playing the Serbian Open 2021 with Thiem?

Dominic Thiem is the defending champion of the Barcelona Open. However, instead of defending his title this year, he will play in Belgrade since it was a personal request from Novak Djokovic.

Dominic Thiem of Austria embraces Novak Djokovic of Serbia following victory in their men’s singles semi-final match during Day fourteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 08, 2019, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Apart from Serbian World No. 1, Italian Matteo Berrettini and French professional Gael Monfils will accompany the Austrian. Moreover, this tournament would help Thiem play with more freedom compared to the Barcelona Open.

Above all, the clay-court swing is looking good, with many exciting tournaments coming up. However, on a concerning note, the French Open 2021 has been pushed back by a week, leaving only a 2-week gap between that and Wimbledon.

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Hopefully, tennis fans will get to witness the power-packed tennis matches on red dirt live from the stadium. But for now, waiting is the only option on hand.

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