A point of view that outsiders find difficult to understand, especially since Thiem again emphasized in Roland-Garros that he had “zero physical problems”.
After surviving a wrist injury, there should be more for someone like him, who won the US Open in 2020, who was in the final of the French Open twice (2018, 2019), who made it to third place in the world rankings.
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Should one think.
After the appearance against Dellien on the Simonne-Mathieu court, however, it was stated: Thiem did not create a break chance, only brought 59 percent of the first serves into the field, made 42 unforced errors and made four double errors. Dellien’s scores were significantly better in all of these areas.
And then the 87 in the world is at least one size too big for Thiem.
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Thiem makes it clear: “I’m not there yet”
For the Austrian it was the seventh defeat in a row after Marbella, Belgrade, Estoril, Madrid, Rome and Geneva. Thiem, who has now slipped to position 194 in the ATP ranking, is still waiting for his first win since winning in Rome in May 2021 against Marton Fucsovics.
It is not necessarily to be expected that the period of suffering will end quickly. “It will take time, I’m not there yet, even if I’ve worked hard,” said Thiem in Paris.
Zverev on Thiem: “When I see him play…”
Eurosport expert Mischa Zverev had believed the former US Open champion in Roland-Garros capable of the first victories, but limited: “When I see him play, I always have the feeling that he could theoretically pull through more – whether that’s with the forehand or backhand. I have the feeling that he used to pull through even more,” said the 34-year-old, who made it to round three of the clay court classic in 2018.
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After such a stubborn wrist injury, as in the Thiem case, it “simply takes more time to come back,” he said Zverev in the Eurosport podcast Das Gelbe vom Ball. He still lacks “reaction time and anticipation,” Thiem himself recently explained, adding: “In order to achieve great things, I have to wait for the second half of the season.”
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This now seems to be coming true, which is why patience will be one of the main virtues in the Thiem camp.
Thiem’s plan – a “league” down on the Challenger tour
The tennis star admitted that the current situation was “painful”. He generally feels a tension in the tournaments, the “poison” is for the forehand – and thus for the prospect of success.
The 28-year-old is aware of this. He was “quite far from winning in all the matches I’ve played”. What conclusion does he draw from this? “I’m thinking about coming back at Challenger level for a tournament or two.”
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