Dominic Thiem has admitted that he may have to have surgery on his injured wrist, but he does not fear it.
Thiem suffered the freak injury in June, with it immediately putting him out of Wimbledon and the Olympics.
Last week he revealed it has now ended his season, meaning he will not get the chance to defend the US Open title he won last year.
However, he is confident that the prognosis isn’t worrying, and he expects to make a full recovery with relative ease.
“[Rafael] Nadal had the same thing in 2016, [Kei] Nishikori had the same, and so did [Belinda] Bencic,” Dominic Thiem said.
“The doctors have said that if it heals properly, it is not a problem.
“If things don’t go as planned, the chance [to have surgery] is already there, but it wouldn’t be a mishap either.
“It would simply increase the time until I can be back on the court. If it really comes to the surgery, it will take a month or two longer.
“But it would be an operation that many players have already done and it is not a bad thing in terms of the future.”
Despite the injury blow, Thiem believes he may ultimately be helped by his immediate future now being resolved.
“Now I’m actually better than before because there is now complete clarity,” he said.
“I now have a precise timetable for what the next weeks and months will look like.
“The US Open and the rest of the season was in the back of my mind and I really wanted to do it.
“It just came too early, I paid a little the price for not having any experience with injuries like this. I wanted a little too early too much.”
For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.
Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?