World No.03 Dominic Thiem believes the upcoming Southern & Western Open draw is super strong even without Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Men’s tennis tournament officially is getting kicked off with Western and Southern Open in NewYork.
In a recent interview, reporters asked Thiem about his thoughts on the absence of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in Cincinnati Open. He replied to their question, “As I said before, the draw is still super, super strong. There were many tournaments, as well, in previous years where there was no Rafa, where there was no Roger.”
However, Dominic Thiem is not concerned about whether the top players are playing or not. Instead of that, He said “well, It doesn’t really matter if they are competing here or not. The title is worth the same. Of course the other circumstances, no fans, no special energy, not many people on-site, not a normal lifestyle of a tournament, of a Grand Slam tournament. So that’s a huge difference.”
The ATP tour features top players Novak Djokovic, David Goffin, defending champion Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem.
I Try To Do My Best Now Cincinnati and U.S.Open- Dominic Thiem
Additionally, Thiem played a lot of exhibition matches amidst tennis tours lay-off. However, Dominic Thiem felt that has no added advantage and said “I played 28 matches, as I said before, but not a single one of them felt like a real tour match because there is just some tension missing, there is just some concentration, some focus missing”.
In conclusion, Thiem said, “I try to do my best now Cincinnati and U.S.Open and then reschedule or see what my plan is going to look like”.