The Erste Bank Open in Vienna got an amazing field for this year's event featuring the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Kei Nishikori, Matteo Berrettini, Karen Khachanov. None of the Big Three are there, though. The Tournament Director Herwig Straka said: "Roger Federer plays in Basel while Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are very careful about their efforts, they only play when the No.
1 rankings position is at stake. But we have half of the top five players, an unbelievable field." Dominic Thiem is happy and sad at the same time: "It may be the toughest tournament of the year, it's just impressive but I am looking forward to play home and I want to be at my best at that point of the season."
This year Thiem already played in Austria once triumphing in Kitzbuhel in August. "It may be a coincidence that I got ill after that. But I do not want to regret it, the entire week was amazing. I took the opportunity and I won.
Then you know, the season is long and playing in a consistent way all the time is tough." Thiem will have his pre-season training in Tenerife, then Miami and he will directly flight to Australia. For two weeks and a half he will have some tough fitness sessions in Florida with the coach Duglas Cordero.
"We will get to Australia with my father, Nico (Massu), Ofi (Ofner) and Dennis (Novak). Then we will have a two week and a half training and then the ATP Cup starts on January 3."