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'I left Australian Open with a really bad feeling,' says Dominic Thiem as he admits mental struggles

Dominic Thiem at Australian Open

Dominic Thiem says he left Australia with a 'really bad feeling' after failing to live up to his own expectations of himself.

Thiem put on a sparkling display to beat Nick Kyrgios in the third round of the Australian Open, but lost his next match to Grigor Dimitrov in a dismally poor performance.

It was not the outcome he wanted or anyone else expected, particularly given he was just a set away from winning the title in Melbourne last year.

“It took me a while to digest the whole thing," Dominic Thiem told Die Presse.

"The whole trip was exhausting in Australia with quarantine. It was a very strange trip.

“That makes the whole thing very difficult, of course. I left Australia with a really bad and also sad feeling because I lost in the fourth round.”

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Thiem made his Grand Slam breakthrough last year when he won the US Open. Being a major winner comes with pressure, though, and he says he is still learning to deal with that.

“In every tournament I compete in, it is almost only the victory that counts,” he said.

“I’m a bit different from the very young players who were used to being the favourite at every tournament from a very young age. I grew into this role more slowly.

“I didn’t do that very well in Australia, but the next chance comes now (in Doha) and luckily comes almost every week in tennis.”

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