Dominic Thiem says he’s feeling recharged and ready for tennis again after taking a short break from the Tour to ‘reset’.
Thiem won his maiden Grand Slam at the end of 2020, lifting the US Open trophy after coming back from two sets down against Alexander Zverev.
Hoping to build on that momentum, the Austrian entered the Australian Open earlier this year as third seed, and despite a thrilling five set match against Nick Kyrgios, he bowed out earlier than expected failing to reach the quarter-finals.
The world number four followed this up with early exits in both Doha and Dubai and subsequently pulled out of the Miami and Monte-Carlo Masters as well as the Serbia Open.
Citing both mental fatigue and a knee injury as reasons for the withdrawals, concerns started to arise about Thiem’s well-being and questions over when he would return to the Tour.
Now in his first tournament back at the Madrid Masters, Thiem admits that his Grand Slam win did take a lot out of him, but that he’s back and ready to tackle whatever is ahead.
“It had something to do with [winning] the US Open title,” Thiem explained.
“Chasing a goal for such a long time and then finally achieving it, it took a lot out of my body and my head.
“With all the euphoria and everything, I was playing well the rest of last year. And then in Australia, it somehow got to me a little bit. I decided to take a little bit of time off to recover and make a small reset.
“I feel recharged. I was away from tennis for a while and away from everything, so I definitely recharged and I’m ready again for everything.”
Thiem will kick start him Madrid Masters campaign later this week against qualifier Marcus Giron.
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