Dominic Thiem described Alexander Bublik's stunning insult as "a tough saying" but refused to get into a war of words with the Kazakh. On Monday, Bublik was caught saying in Russian: "I’m (expletive) sick of getting all these disabled people back in their career." Thiem, the 2020 US Open champion, didn't hear it or understand it as he went on to claim a 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Bublik.
After the match, Thiem - who was out for 10 months before returning to tennis in 2022 March - was told about Bublik's insult and asked to comment on it. At first, Thiem didn't know if the translation was correct. But then, the reporters confirmed that indeed Bublik said what was reported.
Thiem responds to Bublik's insult
"It is? Yeah, it's a tough saying, you know, something you shouldn't say in general, you know, just out of respect. Yeah, maybe he didn't mean it that way or whatever. But, yeah, what can I say about it?" Thiem said.
Also after clinching his first Grand Slam win since the 2021 Australian Open, 29-year-old Thiem confirmed that physically he is feeling fine again. "The physical trust is there, you know. Since the injury I have played many tournaments.
I did many, many practice sessions. I really also gave a lot of load on the wrist again. So it's completely fine. The mental side was not that easy as restore the arm was. Was not doing the same job I was used to before the injury, so that was not easy.
Yeah, with every success, with every match, especially with bigger successes or better weeks like I had in Austria when I played my first finals or also here, back on winning ways in Grand Slams, it helps a lot on the mental side and to get the full trust again in the wrist. And, yeah, that it does 100% what I want with the forehand," Thiem said.
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