World No. 4 Dominic Thiem is looking forward to returning to action at this week's Madrid Masters. Thiem. who hasn't played since losing in his Dubai opener, is set to kick off his clay season in Madrid. “The break was good.
I needed it. But now it’s a good time to be back. Madrid is a good place for me and my game," Thiem said, per Jose Morgado. Thiem was practicing hard the last few days as he is set to play his first tournament in a month and a half.
"I am back to playing really well in practice. I am moving well. Of course I lost a bit of strength physically as I didn't do anything for a while, but as soon as I was really motivated again, it came back really fast," Thiem said, per Nikolaus Fink.
Thiem recently made an interesting revelation
“It wasn’t too much (effort to chase my goals). I spent 15 years chasing the big goal without looking left or right,” Thiem recently told Der Standard. “As I said, I achieved it – under strange circumstances, but that’s not so important to me.
In a way, some things have fallen by the wayside – the private life, dealing with other things, broadening the horizon. You have to do something for your head, for your brain. There was only tennis. I want to change that a bit”.
“After (the US Open) I was in a state of euphoria, the results still matched, I was in the final of the ATP Finals in London. But in the preparation for this season, I fell into a hole. Whether the looseness will come, we will see, I don’t know, I hope so.
“I think the pandemic is an additional part of the whole (struggle). If I had won the US Open last year in normality, things would have continued normally, and I would probably also be in the state I’m in now. When you spend your whole life chasing your one very big goal, subordinate everything to it, and then achieve it, for a while things aren’t the same as they were before. That’s normal. The problem in tennis is that it’s so fast-paced and goes on week after week."