Dominic Thiem shares message to fans after sixth consecutive defeat



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Dominic Thiem shares message to fans after sixth consecutive defeat

Former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem admitted an early Geneva exit hurt but vowed to keep working hard as he is determined to get back to his old level. Thiem made his return from a wrist injury in late March and since then he has played six tournament.

Thiem, who captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2020 US Open, is having a rough comeback so far as he is 0-6. On Monday in Geneva, Thiem picked up yet another first round exit as Marco Cecchinato beat the Austrian 6-3 6-4.

"It’s a work in the process. Of course, yesterday's defeat hurt. But I won’t let that stop me. I will keep working on myself and work towards my goals. What I can pass on to everyone. The process is not easy, but it will be worth taking the time to do so!" Thiem tweeted.

Thiem: I will reach my goals

"Never lose track of your goals. Work on it till you reach it! I’ll do the same!" Thiem said in another tweet.

Thiem was drawn to meet a qualifier in the Geneva first round and that qualifier was Cecchinato.

Thiem had a chance to start the match with an early break but he missed out on two break points in the third game. Thiem paid the price for not realizing his break points as Cecchinato earned the first break of the match in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead.

Cecchinato then routinely held on to his serve the rest of the set to clinch the opener. Thiem faced a break point in the third game of the second set but saved it to go 2-1 up. In the fourth game, Thiem had five break points but missed out on all of them as Cecchinato tied the set to two games apiece.

Thiem blowing five break points cost him as Cecchinato claimed the first break of the second set in the seventh game and held on to his serve the rest of the match to clinch a straight-set win.