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Dominic Thiem: 'I hope we can play throughout the entire year and get back to normal'

September 7, 2020 - Dominic Thiem in action against Felix Auger-Aliassime during a men's singles match at the 2020 US Open. (Photo by Pete Staples/USTA)

September 7, 2020 - Dominic Thiem in action against Felix Auger-Aliassime during a men's singles match at the 2020 US Open. (Photo by Pete Staples/USTA)

Dominic Thiem, the current World number three, has been talking about his training schedule and his hopes for life to return to normal in 2021.

With the delay of this year's Australian Open, Thiem had an extended break over Christmas and New Year following his defeat at the Nitto ATP Finals in London late last year to Daniil Medvedev.

The Austrian arrived in Melbourne this week, sharing a flight with both Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic and is currently following a mandatory 14-day quarantine required by Australian officials.

He is due to play an Exhibition event in Adelaide on 29 January before leading Team Austria in the ATP Cup from 1 - 5 February in Melbourne.

The Australian Open, where Thiem was a finalist last year, will begin immediately after on 8 February.

Talking about this preparation and how coronavirus has affected it, Thiem said, "I have been on vacation a little longer than usual, and the training went well.

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For the first two and a half weeks, I only did fitness.  The presence of physio Alex Stober since the days before Christmas was very helpful. In the first week, I can play with a training partner and two others in the second set.

"We can also go out from the third week, probably for the first time without a mask since Indian Wells 2020. That is sensational.

"I hope that we can play throughout the entire year and repeat the results from the previous couple of years”, said Thiem.

"I also wish our lives get back to normal by the summer months”, he concluded.

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