Austrian tennis legend Thomas Muster thinks some "catastrophic decisions" led to Dominic Thiem's downfall but noted the 2020 US Open champion still has time to get his career back on the right track. After becoming a Grand Slam champion at the 2020 US Open, Thiem started struggling with his form and results.
In 2021 June, Thiem suffered a wrist injury that sidelined him for the next 10 months. Thiem, who returned to action in 2022 March, is not anywhere near his old level as he is currently ranked at No 93 in the world. "Sometimes catastrophic decisions have been made, Dominic has maneuvered himself into a dead end.
At some point he asked himself the question, what he wants: stop or keep playing?" Muster said, per tennisnet.com.
Muster: Thiem can be a top-30 again
So far in 2023, Thiem has seven wins and 12 defeats on the main level.
Between February and April, Thiem was on a five-match losing streak. Thiem is evidently not anymore a top player but Muster thinks the 29-year-old could again be a top-30 player. "Dominic can certainly beat one or the other top player in Paris.
A round of 16 or quarter-finals is possible. Personally, I think the top 30 is possible this year," Muster added. At the Madrid Masters. Thiem showed some promising signs as he defeated Kyle Edmund in straight sets before nearly upsetting Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Thiem made Tsitsipas work extremely hard before the Greek edged out the Austrian 3-6 6-1 7-6 (5). "It was very physical and I think we both played our best. I'm in a way happy that we were able to show that kind of tennis. Today sort of showed what kind of intensity two guys that play single-hand backhands can bring to tennis.
I'm happy I got away with a win. Things weren't easy at the very end but I just kept fighting," Tsitsipas reflected after beating Thiem.
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