Dominic Thiem has made a successful return to tennis, chalking up his first win in two months at the Madrid Masters.
Thiem took a well-documented break from the sport in March after taking early exits at the Australian Open, Dubai and Doha.
The Austrian admitted he was struggling mentally, both with tight COVID restrictions at tournaments and also the challenge of refocusing after achieving his life-time goal of winning a Grand Slam.
Consequently he withdrew from the Miami and Monte-Carlo Masters and most recently pulled out of the Serbia Open citing a knee injury.
Understandably nervous before the match, Thiem had assured fans he was feeling physically well but revealed he had low expectations for his Madrid campaign.
But he need not have worried after a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 win over qualifier Marco Giron, in which he showed signs of the old Thiem, dominating the match from the first point to the last.
The match lasted only 58 minutes, with the world number four breaking his opponent's serve four times and not facing a single break point against his own serve.
"The expectations before the tournament were very low," said Thiem after the match.
"For me, every match, every win is a success in Madrid. That's why I'm happy with the way I started."
Thiem will play Australian Alex De Minaur in the next round on Thursday, but he has a training day scheduled before then.
"I want to make good use of the day to train so that I can get in even better and then play against De Minaur as best I can," finished Thiem.
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