World No. 4 Alexander Zverev says Dominic Thiem is a great player but he has advised the Austrian to be as cautious as possible in his return from a wrist injury. "I know what a champion he (Thiem) is," Zverev said, per Sportskeeda.
"I know that he is one of the best tennis players in the world. Everyone knows that." Thiem suffered a season-ending wrist injury at the Mallorca Open in June. Zverev suggested that in order to play his game Thiem will need his wrist to be fully healed.
"He (Thiem) plays a one-handed backhand, he plays with a lot of power - that's why a wrist injury like this won't be easy," Zverev said. "You have to approach it with caution."
Zverev wishes Thiem nothing but the best
Zverev is hoping that Thiem's recovery is now going well and that he will be ready for the start of 2022.
"I have no doubts about his tennis," the German said. "It must be going well for him in terms of health." Initially, Thiem was hoping to be ready for the US Open. Later, Thiem revealed "an unfortunate mistake in the recovery process" forced him to end his season prematurely.
"As most of you know, a few months ago I decided to make some changes to my team structure. This was all announced and we are happy with the changes we made. These changes didn't affect my core competition team which has remained the same throughout," Thiem said in a statement posted on his social media in late September.
"Unfortunately as you all know, I picked up a freak injury in the build up to Wimbledon. I worked hard with the wrist specialists and my team to agree the best recovery plan. In hindisght, during this recovery process, an unfortunate mistake resulted in me missing not only the US Open, but ultimately the rest of the season."