Dominic Thiem speaks on newly-formed partnership with Nicolas Massu


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Dominic Thiem speaks on newly-formed partnership with Nicolas Massu

Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem's camp got in contact with Nicolas Massu for the first time during the recent Austria versus Chile Davis Cup tie. Massu, the Chilean Davis Cup Team Captain, is now also the newest member of Thiem's coaching staff.

Chile traveled to Salzburg to clash against Austria in a Davis Cup qualifying round tie at the beginning of this month. The hosts were heavily weakened by the absence of 2018 French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem. World No.

8 Thiem wanted to play but skipped the tie after being advised by the doctor to do so. Austria fought hard but eventually lost 3-2 after Chile's Nicolas Jarry beat Dennis Novak in the fifth deciding rubber. Thiem, 25, also skipped the inaugural edition of the Cordoba Open last week before he returned to action at this week's Argentina Open.

The 25-year-old hasn't had a great start to the season but is hoping to defend his Buenos Aires title and kick off his partnership with Massu in style. Thiem's Australian Open campaign ended on a disappointing way as the Austrian was forced to retire his second round clash to Alexei Popyrin due to fatigue.

In his first tournament since the Australian Open, No. 1 seed Thiem beat Maximilian Marterer to set up a Buenos Aires quarter-final clash against Pablo Cuevas. Massu, who won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, is also a former six-time ATP champion and world No. 9.