Coach Gunter Bresnik: Dominic Thiem is a Grand Slam player

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Coach Gunter Bresnik: Dominic Thiem is a Grand Slam player

oach Gunter Bresnik was extremely satisfied with pupil Dominic Thiem's US Open first round performance against Bosnian Mirza Basic. The world No. 9 returned to competitive action in style as he beat 2018 Sofia Open champion Basic in straight sets 6-3 6-1 6-4.

Thiem was hampered by a viral infection but made a decision to open his summer hard-court season at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, only to lose in his opening match at the tournament to rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Austrian then skipped the Cincinnati Masters as his goal was to recover in time for the US Open. Coach Bresnik confirmed last week that the world No. 9 would return to action at Flushing Meadows. "After what happened the last weeks, this was almost perfect.

Dominic is a Grand Slam player. He plays very concentrated and knows what he wants and what he needs to do," coach Bresnik said after Thiem's win. 24-year-old Thiem is set to clash next against last week's Winston Salem Open runner-up Steve Johnson.

American Johnson handed a straight-set defeat to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin to reach the US Open first round. The head-to-head record between Thiem and Johnson stands on the Austrian's side -- who leads 2-1 Thiem's previous two appearances at Flushing Meadows came to an end in the round-of-16.

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