Having a fantastic run in 2020, Austrian tennis sensation Dominic Thiem has now revealed that he is still trying to find his form, even after competing in three significant tournaments in 2021.
Former World No.3 began the 2021 season at the ATP Cup, where he claimed just a single set in the two matches. Afterwards, he was defeated by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets before reaching the quarterfinal at the Australian Open.
“I Thought It Might Be Better To Stay Closer To Europe”: Thiem on Playing In MENA
After taking a couple of rest weeks, Thiem returned to the circuit via the Middle East swing. First of all, the 27-years-old from Wiener Neustadt competed at the Qatar Open in Doha, where he gave up a semifinal spot to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
However, now the US Open reigning champion competes in Dubai for the first time since 2015 when he fell in the first round to Roberto Bautista Agut. This year also Thiem will have a chance to meet Qatar Open 2021 runner-up, but not before the championship match.
“Previous five years, I went to South America. It’s a little bit different this year due to all the corona restrictions and rules, so I thought it might be better to stay closer to Europe,” Dominic Thiem said when asked about his second-time participation in Dubai Tennis Championships.
“I’m Still Trying To Find The Top Of My Game Again”, says Dominic Thiem
Usually, the Doha Open and Dubai Open consider training tournaments ahead of the Masters 1000 events like Indian Wells and Miami Open. And twin hard court events offer considerable prize money. As a result, several top players have been travelling to the Middle East every year.
Austrian continued, “Definitely, I’m not at the top of my game right now. Australia was pretty strange & also tough to digest in all aspects. I’m still trying to find the top of my game again. Strong tournaments like Doha & Dubai are good opportunities to get matches, to play against strong opponents.”
At the Dubai Tennis Championships 2021, top seed Dominic Thiem will lock horns with qualifiers neither Christopher-O’Connell nor Lloyd-Harris in his opening round match.