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Dominic Thiem: 'I needed the break, but now it is time to come back'

Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros

Dominic Thiem said it was 'good to be back' ahead of his return to the ATP Tour at the Madrid Masters.

Thiem has not played since losing to qualifier Lloyd Harris in the second round at Dubai on March 14.

Since then, not only has Thiem been fighting to regain his form, but battling injury too after revealing a 'congenital' knee problem.

That kept him out of Miami, Monte-Carlo, and Belgrade, but he says he is ready to get going again this week.

“The break was good and I also needed it but now it is time to be back,” Dominic Thiem told the press in Madrid.

“I think Madrid is a great place for me. I only have good memories of this tournament. Conditions are amazing for my game and my results in the past have always been so good.

“I’m happy to be back here and hope I can play well.”

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Thiem stepped back from the ATP Tour after a disappointing showing in Doha and Dubai, saying he needed to 'reset' his game on the practice court instead.

That process, he says, has been successful, and he is once again happy with the level he is producing.

“I was doing a lot of physical and tennis practice. I think I’m on a good level,” he stated.

“My goal is to get a lot of matches against top players until the French Open. It’s the same as every Grand Slam, it’s so tough to go deep and win it.

"But once I arrive at Roland Garros I want to be in the best shape and give myself the best chances.”

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