Dominic Thiem on Lyon loss: ‘It was huge disappointment and step backwards’

Dominic Thiem says his Lyon defeat to Cameron Norrie was a ‘a huge disappointment and a step backwards.’

The world number four appeared to be playing himself back into form after a poor start to the year.

He reached the semi-finals at Madrid and then played well in Rome too, meaning he was expecting to push on further this week.

However, he lost 3-6, 2-6 to the Brit on Thursday, and with Roland Garros little more than a week away now, he admits it is a blow.

“It was a huge disappointment just now. Just also a big, I would stay, step backwards after promising tournaments in Madrid and Rome,” Thiem said.

“I don’t really know why. I was preparing well here, practising well and just didn’t find any rhythm, any strokes. Don’t really know what happened. But as I said, it’s just a huge step back.

“I was hoping to take the little positive signs from Madrid and Rome here, but it didn’t work out. I have to analyse [it] now and look [towards] Roland Garros. It’s not good for the confidence.

“To be honest, the way I played today, I was expecting that more to come in Madrid because I hadn’t played for so long.

“But now I was back in the match rhythm and actually hoping for good tennis. I don’t know what to say or what to think.

“That’s why I need to analyse it and just need to work hard for Roland Garros and [I am] hoping for the best there. I was practising quite well the days I’ve been at home and the days before the match here, so it’s more the matches.

“I need to find a way back somehow. The next match is already the first round at Roland Garros and until that day I need to hopefully sort it out. I’m still [trying] to find the way I’m playing.

“I felt that I was on the right way in Madrid and Rome and the match against Sonego wasn’t bad at all.

“There were many long rallies. Today again I felt a little bit uncomfortable to play in these long rallies and rushing a bit [in a few] of them. That’s how it is.”

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