Dominic Thiem laments damage in Australian Open 2023 exit however happy with progress


Dominic Thiem mentioned he was happy together with his degree of efficiency in Tuesday’s Australian Open first-round conflict with fifth seed Andrey Rublev earlier than an stomach damage took the wind out of his sails as he crashed to a 6-3 6-4 6-2 defeat.

Thiem broke the Large Three’s stranglehold on Grand Slam titles when he received the 2020 U.S. Open however a wrist damage in 2021 sidelined him for months and he has struggled to get again to the identical degree since.

The 29-year-old Austrian mentioned he was “happy with that performance” towards Rublev till he tweaked an stomach muscle on serve within the second set.

“The sun was – I was in a tough position to serve, so I completely changed the toss and something happened after at the abs or at the ribs,” Thiem instructed reporters.

“It’s just a little inflammation or a little strain … Obviously not the best timing and in the middle of the second set, but it is what it is.

“However actually, I do not assume that even at 100% I would be capable to beat Rublev but, he’s top-five seed right here – even in a very match state of affairs. It will be very, very robust to beat him and with the difficulty just like the abs, it should be virtually unimaginable.”

Thiem, however, is confident of rediscovering his 2020 form after a difficult season last year when the claycourt specialist struggled to win matches on the second-tier Challenger Tour.

“To start with it was manner more durable than I anticipated. Additionally, I used to be enjoying manner worse than I used to be anticipating, so it was a troublesome manner again,” Thiem said.

“However issues modified, particularly in the direction of autumn, in the direction of the final event of the yr. There I used to be enjoying fairly first rate.

“This tournament doesn’t change anything because I just had a really tough opponent.”

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