Dominic Thiem says Alexander Zverev playing Hamburg will make it tougher for him to win it all but insists he is happy to see the German at the tournament. Thiem, seeded at No. 1, is due to open his Hamburg campaign against Uruguayan clay-court specialist Pablo Cuevas.
On the other side, second-seeded Zverev is set for a tough opener as his first-round opponent will be last week's Bastad champion Nicolas Jarry. "On the one hand, every competitor in the fight for the title is less good for me, on the other hand, I am pleased to see him.
We are more than just colleagues," Thiem said, per Kurier, as revealed by Twitter user De Nela. Thiem, 25, is set to make his third appearance in Hamburg. In his previous two appearances, the Austrian made the round-of-16 in 2014 and the quarterfinal last year respectively.
The 2019 French Open runner-up enters Hamburg fresh as his grass-court campaign featured only a first-round loss at Wimbledon. Thiem and Zverev could potentially clash against each other in the Hamburg final.