Dominic Thiem: 'Playing the US Open would already make me a winner'

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Dominic Thiem: 'Playing the US Open would already make me a winner'

Dominic Thiem claimed the first Major title at the last year's US Open, becoming the eighth active player with the most notable tennis crown in his collection. Thiem had a chance to finish the 2020 season in the top-2 ahead of Rafael Nadal, missing it and preparing a strong run in 2021.

Instead, the Austrian has won only nine matches in the current season, dealing with injuries and competing at only 18 encounters. Sidelined since June, Dominic will give his best to recover in time and defend his US Open trophy, although he considers it as a victory if he only appears in the draw of the season's last Major.

Thiem lost in the Australian Open fourth round to Grigor Dimitrov and suffered early defeats in Doha and Dubai, desperate for a break from tennis after all the restrictions and bubbles. The Austrian returned two months later in Madrid and reached the semi-final before dropping four of the last five matches on his favorite surface, never playing at such a low level on clay in the last six or seven years.

Struggling with injuries, Dominic Thiem hopes to play the US Open in a few weeks.

From two sets to love up against Pablo Andujar, Dominic experienced a tough Roland Garros defeat in the opening round to make his season even worse.

Thiem asked for the Mallorca wild card, eager to gain some form ahead of Wimbledon and improve his results. The Austrian made a great start against Adrian Mannarino in the second round before injuring his right wrist while hitting a forehand.

Dominic produced four great holds and scored a break in the sixth game to open a 5-2 advantage. Chasing a challenging ball in the eighth game, the Austrian injured the right wrist and knew immediately it's a serious one.

Receiving the medical timeout, Thiem did not want to risk anything ahead of Wimbledon and retired, hoping for a miracle in the next couple of days but skipping the season's third Major. The Austrian returned to the practice court and initially hit with his left hand while waiting for his right hand to recover.

The Austrian withdrew from Toronto and Cincinnati, and he battles against time to at least show up in New York and give it a go at the event where he earned tennis glory in that memorable final vs. Alexander Zverev last September.