Dominic Thiem has admitted he struggles with a foot injury daily after exiting the Qatar Open.
Thiem was the top seed in Doha, and battled past Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev in his first match.
He didn’t look entirely comfortable, though, and it was little surprise in truth when he was eliminated by Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinal on Thursday.
However, there may be a little more to it than meets the eye.
“[The foot injury] is nothing too bad,” Thiem said. “I feel it almost in every match.
“There is a little damage on both feet since a very young age on, and of course, it’s sometimes a little bit painful but nothing to worry about it.
“I feel it’s almost in every match, and I will be able to deal with it.”
Thiem’s concerns are also consistent with his problems at the end of last year, when he hobbled away from the Vienna Open defeat to Andrey Rublev complaining of severe blistering to his feet.
“I have had problems since the 1st round,” Thiem said in Vienna last year.
“The shoes have improved massively over the years and are perfect right now, but the indoor season is still very tough for me.”
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