World No. 4 Dominic Thiem has revealed that he is dealing with a left knee issue and that's the reason behind his withdrawals from the Miami Masters, Monte Carlo Masters and Belgrade. After losing in the Australian Open round-of-16, Thiem lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the Doha quarterfinal and was also beaten by Lloyd Harris in the Dubai round-of-16.
"If you’re not 100 percent fit, you’ve lost. That was the case for me this year at the Australian Open and especially in Doha and in Dubai," Thiem told Der Standard, as quoted on Tennis Majors. “The opponents are much too strong, the level is too high, you lose in the first or second round.
It’s better to take yourself out of it. You should only come back when it makes sense”.
Thiem decided to skip this week's ATP Belgrade
In his last tournament played -- which was Dubai -- Thiem suffered a shock straight loss to Harris in his opener at the event.
"If I had gone to Belgrade with knee pain, I would have lost in the first round again. And then you’re stuck in the middle of the negative vortex. I have to avoid that. So I better stay at home. I’m not the first, and I’m not the last, to do it that way," Thiem claimed.
“There are little problems, now it’s the left knee. Last year, during the first lockdown, I had the same thing in my right knee. It didn’t matter, I didn’t have to cancel any tournaments because there weren’t any.
I’ve had some time to heal it. It’s a congenital issue in the knees that comes up every now and then. Now the public is learning (about) it. It takes a couple of weeks to be pain-free. It’s been bothering me since Australia, but it’s just a little ache that will heal”.