Following six weeks of hiatus, Austrian stalwart Dominic Thiem will resume his tour at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. In the ATP tour calendar, Spain’s Masters 1000 event runs from 2nd to 9th April on clay courts. At the pre-tournament interview, the US Open reigning champion admits it is lovely to see spectators on the stand.
2020 was a fantastic and remarkable year for Thiem’s career. He reached two consecutive Grand Slam finals, including a title run at the US Open, and played a championship match at the ATP Finals in London. For the first time, he ranked as World No.3 on 2nd March 2020.
Coming to 2021, Austrian has had a dry season so far. He has a win-loss record of 5-4. After the opening-round exit in Dubai, Thiem withdrew from the Monte-Carlo Masters and Serbia Open. Reports cited the reason was mental illness.
“I Think Madrid Is A Great Place For Me”: Dominic Thiem on His Return
However, Dominic Thiem is now ready to move the next step in this season and kick off his clay-court swing in one of the favourite places, none other than Spain’s central capital.
“The break was good for me. I also needed it. But now is the time to go back. I think Madrid is a great place for me. I have great memories of this tournament, and the conditions are perfect for my game,” Thiem said in the press conference.
In the past three years, Thiem has got good results in Madrid. Austrian became a runner-up in the 2017 and 2018 editions. In 2019, he exited after falling to Polish Hubert Hurkacz in the second round.
World No.4 continued, “The results have always been outstanding in previous years. I’m happy to be here again, and I hope I can play well. ”(Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)
While several ATP tournaments have been staging behind closed doors, Mutua Madrid Open takes place with some crowds.
Talking about on-court audience, Thiem expressed, “It’s very nice. We saw an audience in the stands when we arrived at the facilities on the first day, and it is like something very new. Except in Australia, no public. I really want to play with people in the stands again.”
In the opening encounter, No.3 seed Dominic Thiem will lock horns with a qualifier for a place at the Round of 16.