Dominic Thiem's season didn't start in the best way from all points of view. The world number 4 was unable to make it past the round of 16 at the Australian Open, where he paid dearly for the battle against Nick Kyrgios in the third round (before giving up sharply to Grigor Dimitrov).
His performance was even worse in Doha and Dubai, which revealed to everyone the poor physical and mental condition of the winner of the US Open 2020. The Austrian decided to stop, having given up on the Masters 1000 in Miami and announcing immediately after his forfeit for the first big appointment on red, on stage in Montecarlo.
With a tally of just five wins to four losses in 2021, Nicolas Massu's protege is doing everything he can to recharge his batteries and be ready for Roland Garros. The Parisian Grand Slam will in fact be one of his main objectives in 2021, having already hit two finals in the French capital.
In a recent interview with 'ORF', Thiem illustrated how the physiological decline of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic makes the outcome of the Grand Slams much more uncertain than in the past.
Dominic Thiem on the Grand Slam tournaments
“Things are getting more balanced.
Roland Garros is still a special situation because Rafael Nadal is above others there. Elsewhere, it’s open,” said Dominic Thiem in the interview. Even though he mentioned that it is open for all now to win a Grand Slam, he highlighted that the French Open is still a special situation.
The US Open 2020 winner admitted that Rafael Nadal is still really difficult to beat there. Interestingly, Thiem has himself lost to Nadal in two consecutive Roland Garros finals. “Now six or seven people can win a major.
Before it was just Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic,” added the Austrian player. The clay-court season is up and running, and the first major event in the two-month-long clay swing of the season is the Monte Carlo Masters 2021.
Although the event is stacked with players, it is still an optional ATP Masters 1000 tournament, thus many players have withdrawn for better match practice or because of injuries. Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem are among the elite names missing from the event, among others.
World No.4 Dominic Thiem is the topmost ranked player to not play in this year’s Monte Carlo Masters. The Austrian has had a rough start to 2021. He has underperformed and is on a two-match losing streak as well. According to his manager, he is not injured but is well below his preparation levels with respect to the clay court.