“Missing the nice feeling”Dominic Thiem’s first round woes continue as he is handed an 11th consecutive loss, gets knocked out of the French Open

Dominic Thiem's struggle continues as the Austrian lost his 11th match in a row. With this loss, Thiem bowed out of the French Open in the first round.

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

One of the best players on the clay, Dominic Thiem, is going through the worst phase of his tennis career. He has been a two-time finalist at the Roland-Garros, losing to Rafael Nadal. He has been a dominant force on the surface, winning numerous titles. The last two years have been the hardest for Thiem as the Austrian had to take a break to recover from a knee injury and the later from a wrist injury.

He also had to take a break in 2022 due to a finger injury. He has not been the same player post-injuries, losing most of his opening-round matches. He has now lost 11 matches in a row. For a player of Thiem’s caliber, it’s very unusual to lose so many matches in a row. Though the recuperation time from these injuries varies from player to player, it’s getting really hard to watch Thiem struggle so much.

Thiem lost his opening round match at the French Open 2022 to a Bolivian Hugo Dellien. Ranked more than over 500, Delllien beat Thiem 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 as the Austrian didn’t seem comfortable throughout the match. It was a shocking loss for the fans as Thiem bowed out of the Roland-Garros.

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Dominic Thiem believes he has just needs to get that ‘nice feeling’ back.

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem talked about the game in the post-match press conference at the French Open. He said:

“I have no serious physical issue, I don’t have mental problem with the forehand, even if I missed a lot. At the practice, the forehand is OK, but in competition I’m missing the nice feeling, there’s more tension.”

Thiem believes that it’s not a physical or mental matter problem that he has, it’s just an issue of the free-flowing game he is used to. He isn’t getting the good feeling during the match. About his future plans, Thiem said:

“Definetly thinking to go back to Challenger level. A match win would help a lot, but being honest to myself there is a lot of matches where I’m far from winning.”

“It is what it is. That’s gona take time till it’s fine again”

It would be great for Thiem and the fans if the former US Open Champion could get his groove back. Thiem believes it’s just a matter of time and getting some wins in before the Austrian starts showing the goods again.

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