Top-ranked Austrian Dominic Thiem is excited about competing in front of his home fans in Vienna as he thinks this year's player field at the tournament is an "absolute madness." An ATP 500 event in Vienna is set to feature a star-studded field as seven top-10 players have confirmed their participation at the tournament.
World No. 3 Thiem is one of them, while the remaining six top-10 players are Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman. The cut off for the Vienna entry list was at No.
27 as Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils, Kei Nishikori, Karen Khachanov, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, Milos Raonic and Felix Auger-Aliassime are also expected to play at the Austrian ATP 500 event. "I think I've never played such a strong tournament.
It's absolute madness," Thiem said of the Vienna player field, per Der Standard.
Thiem aiming to win back-to-back titles in Vienna
Last year, Thiem finally won it all in Vienna after beating Schwartzman in the final.
Thiem last played at the French Open, where he was beaten in the quarterfinal by Schwartzman. But Thiem was praised by fellow top-10 player Tsitsipas. "Dominic inspires me a lot. What Dominic has achieved is amazing. Being able to have back-to-back finals here at Roland Garros is truly inspiring.
Dominic is someone that makes me understand the game & makes me want to push even further to reach what he has reached," Tsitsipas said of Thiem recently. “[Dominic Thiem] is a nice guy off the court. Big workaholic on the court.
He’s a very passionate person in every aspect. We’re good friends. I think I can learn a lot from him and add it to my game. From the young guys, he’s someone that I look up to." Thiem was edged out by Schwartzman in five tight sets and world No.
1 Novak Djokovic praised the Argentine for his performance against the Austrian. "I saw him today in the locker room. I told him that I was so impressed with his win yesterday against Thiem. He deserves to be top 10 & deserves to win that kind of match more than many players because he works hard, he’s super nice person," Djokovic said of Schwartzman's win over Thiem.
"I’m very happy for him. "I’m proud of him. I wish him all the best. Definitely he deserves to be where he is. He’s had plenty of success on clay courts, but I think over the years he also improved his game on hard court."