Why Dominic Thiem Is Not the Same After the 2020 US Open

Published 03/18/2021, 4:04 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his fourth round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


In a huge upset, No. 1 seed Dominic Thiem crashed out of the Dubai Tennis Championships in the first round. Thiem lost to the South African qualifier Lloyd Harris in straight sets and made another early exit from a tournament this month.

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The desert swing has ended in disappointment for Thiem, with him losing in the second round of the 2021 Qatar Open last week.

Dominic Thiem is seeing a tough time

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In fact, since winning his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2020 US Open, Thiem has had a string of poor performances subsequently.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his singles match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa during Day Ten of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

After the US Open triumph, Thiem entered the 2020 French Open as one of the favorites to win the title since he has finished as the runner-up in the previous two years before that.

However, Thiem lost to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals in a thrilling five-set match. The Australian looked exhausted in the last set and couldn’t cope physically.

Thereafter, Thiem again lost in the quarterfinals at the 2020 Vienna Open to the eventual champion Andrey Rublev. Fast forward to this year, where the 27-year-old started his Australian Open campaign impressively.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Dominic Thiem of Austria looks dejected during his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during Day 8 of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

After winning against Nick Kyrgios in an epic five-setter in the third round, Thiem appeared in top form going into the latter stages.

However, Thiem’s humiliating loss to Grigor Dimitrov in the following match came as a shock. Dimitrov pulverized Thiem in straight sets with the last set being a bagel.

In conclusion, Thiem has been experiencing some fitness concerns since he hasn’t coped well physically on the court lately. Going by his standards, Thiem’s form has also dipped, which has resulted in some early-round exits.

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Having withdrawn from the upcoming Miami Open, Thiem plans to reset after a tough few months and prepare well for the European clay-court season.

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With the clay-court season the most physically demanding, Thiem needs to work on his fitness and endurance levels to compete at the highest stages.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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