World No. 7 Dominic Thiem has underlined that you have to do much more on grass if you want to get back into the match on a bad day than you would have to do on clay. The Austrian kicked off his grass season this week at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle but it didn't go as planned as he suffered a surprising round-of-16 exit to world No.
52 Yuichi Sugita 6-2 7-5. Thiem, who was playing in his first tournament since finishing runner-up at the French Open, struggled in his Halle opener as well but saved a couple of set points to eventually beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets.
"On grass, the level of play is much closer. If you have a bad day, you can't hide far behind the baseline and fight your way out of it - like on clay," Thiem said. Thiem will now spend a couple of days at home before he makes a trip to The All England Club -- where he is set to feature Wimbledon for the fifth straight season.
The Austrian's career-best result at The Championships came last year when he lost to Czech Tomas Berdych in the last-16. Also read: Sam Groth: Healthy Nick Kyrgios has major chance to go deep at Wimbledon