"Decent player!" This is the amused reaction of a smiling Dominic Thiem who attends Rafael Nadal's training at the Caja Magica in Madrid. The Austrian, who has been out for almost two months, will return to play in the Spanish Masters 1000 and this will also be his seasonal debut on clay-courts A difficult season so far for the US Open champion who has only taken part in three tournaments - excluding the ATP Cup - with just four matches won between the Australian Open, Doha and Dubai.
Above all, Dominik had made it known that he had suffered from stress after the New York success. In the first round match of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open 2021, Rafael Nadal will challenge his young countryman Carlos Alcaraz.
He who knows that this curtain may not have an important meaning.