Dominic Thiem is officially back to winning ways, as he beat Filip Misolic 6-4, 7-5 at the Salzburg Open.
Thiem has had a torrid time with injury, and it has proven very difficult for him to rediscover anything like his best tennis despite a comeback attempt.
Before Salzburg, Thiem went 420 days between wins, losing ten successive matches in that time.
"The smile on my face says it all," Thiem told the crowd in Salzburg.
"I’m so happy with my match today, it was so special winning here at home in Austria in front of an amazing crowd.
"It’s been a long journey and I know there is still a lot of work to be done for me to get back to my top form, but I’m confident that I’ll get there.
"Thank you to everybody who has supported and believed in me throughout these challenging times."
Thiem has certainly struggled to get himself going, essentially since his US Open triumph in 2020.
The Austrian admitted he first found it difficult to motivate himself after achieving his dream of winning a major.
He then struggled with injury, sustaining a freak wrist injury in June 2021 at the Mallorca Open.
"It was one particular shot," Thiem explained at the time.
"The tendon sheath, it's not stable, and that means it can happen at any shot. So there's no chance to compete or even hit the normal forehand."
He eventually made his return at a Challenger in Marbella at the end of March, losing to world number 228 Pedro Cachin in the opening round.
Thiem continued to persist and played Belgrade, Estoril, Madrid, Rome, Geneva and Roland Garros, but lost his opening match in each of them.
In fact, you have to go all the way back to The 2021 Rome Masters to find Thiem's last win, which was against Marton Fucsovics.
Dominic Thiem 10-match losing streak
2021 Rome - Lorenzo Sonego 4-6, 7-6, 6-7
2021 Lyon - Cameron Norrie 3-6, 2-6
2021 French Open - Pablo Andujar 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6
2022 Marbella - Pedro Cachin 3-6, 4-6
2022 Belgrade - John Millman 3-6, 6-3, 4-6
2022 Estoril - Benjamin Bonzi 3-6, 6-7
2022 Madrid - Andy Murray 3-6, 4-6
2022 Rome - Fabio Fognini 4-6 6-7
2022 Geneva - Marco Cecchinato 3-6, 4-6
2022 French Open - Hugo Dellien 3-6, 2-6, 4-6
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