Dominic Thiem has earned the reputation of being a specialist clay court player, because of his performances over the past few years. However, the Austrian continues his poor run of form as she suffered a heart breaking loss to the Spaniard, Pablo Andujar in the first round of French Open 2021.
Dominic Thiem, seeded fourth in Paris won the opening two sets, and was cruising towards a victory. However, Andujar came back strongly, and created the upset of the day with his five set victory. Dominic Thiem has not been the same player since his US Open 2021 triumph. His best performance since that came at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, where he managed to reach the finals.
Dominic Thiem was disappointed after his victory, and hopes to bounce back stronger. Thiem’s defeat is so surprising because he had finished as the runner-up at French Open twice in the last four years, in 2018 and 2019.
Something is different after US Open 2020: Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem scaled new heights in 2020, as he finished as the runner-up at Australian Open 2020. His long wait for a maiden slam ended at the Flushing Meadows last year, as he defeated his good friend, Alexander Zverev in a thrilling five set final.
When asked in the press conference about his recent dip in form, Thiem stated that he felt something was different from last year. “It is amazing to reach such a big goal (US Open 2020 title), but something is different than last year. It is a big learning process, and despite the loss which hurts so much, I hope to bounce back stronger. But right now, I do not know when that moment is coming,” said Thiem.
The Austrian played just two clay court tournaments prior to the French Open 2021, and was defeated in the semifinals of Madrid Open by Alexander Zverev. He lost to the Italian, Lorenzo Sonego in the quarterfinals of Rome Masters.