Top-ranked Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem intends to fly to Melbourne on 13 January and he plans to use the ATP Cup as his lead up tournament for the Australian Open, per Nikolaus Fink. Thiem, ranked at No. 3 in the world, won't play in either Delray Beach or Antalya as he plans to fully focus on the Australian Open at the beginning of the season.
Thiem, who claimed his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in September, made his first Australian Open final earlier this year, before falling just short to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Thiem, who ended runner-up at the French Open in 2018 and 2019, had a 2-1 lead against Djokovic in the Australian Open final but that wasn't enough as the Serb staged a comeback to claim a record eighth title at Melbourne Park.
Thiem finished 2020 on a high note
After claiming his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open, Thiem came close to winning it all for the first time at the Nitto ATP Finals. Unfortunately for Thiem, Daniil Medvedev recovered from a set down in their final clash at The O2 Arena to prevent the Austrian from winning the title.
"Yeah, I mean, of course maybe the match would have gone or would have had different outcome if I convert that breakpoint. But still, it was not an easy shot. I mean, he played serve and volley. Hit pretty good short volley," Thiem said afterward.
"I was in full sprint and had the ball under the net, so it was not that easy, that shot. Of course I should put it in the court, but still I have not so much to regret. "In general, I think, well, two guys faced off each other today in great form.
It was great level all three sets long. "There is actually only one shot which I really regret is at 2-1 in the tiebreak where I hit a great return and then played a stupid forehand. But beside that, I cannot really regret something.
"Yeah, I mean, in general, it's a good tactic, the slice, especially against Daniil also in the past, so I wanted to use it. I would do the same actually. I mean, the way he broke me in the third set was an unreal game.
He put great returns in. I had few chances to convert that game. He played some great rallies there. "Honestly, I would do the same again, play a lot of slice. So that's it. That's how it is. I mean, this tournament is so tough to win or to play well.
Every match is on the edge. "Yesterday was on the edge. Today was on the edge. I can only say well done to him, and that's everything today."