Dominic Thiem: 'I hope we can return to normal life by summer'

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Dominic Thiem: 'I hope we can return to normal life by summer'

Dominic Thiem entered the top-10 following a notable result at Roland Garros 2016, staying in the exclusive group ever since and becoming one of the Tour's most consistent players. After two Roland Garros semi-finals in 2016 and 2017, Dominic reached the final in Paris in 2018 and 2019, losing both to Rafael Nadal but gathering necessary experience on the most notable tennis scene.

The Austrian quickly became the most dangerous rival of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on every surface, scoring 16 victories over the world's best players and reducing the gap to them on the ATP list.

Dominic barely missed the opportunity to win the ATP Finals crown in November 2019, starting all over this January and reaching the Australian Open final. Leading two sets to one against Novak Djokovic, Thiem had to settle with the runner-up prize, bouncing back at the US Open in September to embrace a Major glory.

Trailing two sets to love versus Alexander Zverev in New York, Thiem produced a remarkable comeback to prevail 3-2 and lift the first Major trophy at 27, joining an exclusive list of active players with one of four notable titles by his name.

Dominic lost an epic Roland Garros clash to Diego Schwartzman in over five hours, failing to reach the semis for the first time in five years in Paris and starting all over at the ATP Finals for another title match. Like in 2019, Thiem couldn't make the one last push, losing to Daniil Medvedev in three sets and heading towards well-deserved rest following his first year-end top-3 season.

Dominic Thiem will travel to Australia next Thursday.

Kicking off the pre-season practice six weeks ago, Dominic is ready for the Australia trip next Thursday, heading to Adelaide, where he will serve a two-week quarantine and train with other leading players before heading to Melbourne for the ATP Cup and the Australian Open.

Thiem is hoping for another notable season in 2021 and a full schedule, unlike in 2020. He would also love to see everything back to normal by summer. "I've been on vacation a little longer than usual, and the training went well.

For the first two and a half weeks, I only did fitness. The presence of physio Alex Stober since the days before Christmas was very helpful. In the first week, I can play with a training partner and two others in the second. We can also go out from the third week, probably for the first time without a mask since Indian Wells 2020.

That is sensational. I hope that we can play throughout the entire year and repeat the results from the previous couple of years. I also wish our lives to get back to normal by the summer months," Dominic Thiem said.