2020 will be a forgettable year for most of them worldwide due to the pandemic and its impact. But It will be a remarkable year for the Austrian tennis ace Dominic Thiem. While the 27-years-old played his first hardcourt Grand Slam final at the Australian Open earlier this year, He later lifted his maiden major title at the US Open.
Followed by the Flushing Meadows victory, world number three also participated at the French Open, intending to win his second slam title on Parisian clay. Meanwhile, He lost his quarterfinal match in five sets to Deigo Schwartzman of Argentine.
However, Thiem will now play in the Vienna Open 2020, which begins on 26th October on his home soil. And while he has an advantage as a defending champion, the five top ten players will compete with him. Significantly, the world number one Novak Djokovic will be a nightmare for Thiem on the road to defend his title.
“He’s(Nishikori) A Real Champion, Of Course, Crazy player”: Dominic Thiem
While Thiem handed a tricky draw this year, he will face former World No.04 Kei Nishikori in his opening round match. After his training session on Saturday at the Vienna Open premises, Austrian spoke to Kronen Zeitung ahead of his battle against the Japanese.
Additionally, Thiem said, “Nishikori is a tough lot, but of course, that was to be expected. The grid is in a completely different league.”
“He’s a real champion, of course, a crazy player. I hope, of course, that it’s not in the shape it was two or three years ago. But I’ll make sure that I still have a few good preparatory training sessions, and then I’ll be fully there on Tuesday.”, he concluded.