Rogers Cup is not definitely the most successful tournament in Dominic Thiem's career. The Austrian player lost all the five matches he played in Montreal and Toronto so far in his career. The Austrian player said: "It's a shocking stat.
The tournament is really strong again now. Early loss can happen again in Pierre-Hugues or Denis, two incredible players, not the ideal preparation for me. But, of course, I'll try my best to get my first victory here."
On the ATP trying to reduce plastic, he added: "I think it changed a lot in the last year. Many players are concerned about it. I think it's pretty easy that the tournaments improve because many things, the plastic in the racquets, for example, it was gone for the first time in Wimbledon.
We don't really need it. These are, for example, things you can really avoid. Yeah, I think every small thing helps a lot to help the whole big picture."
On his last week's triumph in Kitzbuhel, Thiem concluded: "It was such an emotional week, four matches on a sold-out Austrian crowd with my first title on home soil.
Of course, was not the biggest title of my career, but probably the most beautiful one. I couldn't get here with more confidence. Of course, it's a little short time to prepare. Not going to be easy with the switch from clay to hard court, only three days in between, and a very tough first-round opponent. I really like the way I'm playing right now, so we'll see, yeah."