Supporting his friend and the fellow top-10 member Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev said that he has struggled to find the motivation in these troubled times. The German advanced into the Munich quarter-final on Wednesday and spoke about the bubbles and restrictions, saying he understands Dominic completely. Since the season’s restart in August last year, the players have had tough times adapting to all the rules and regulations, staying primarily in their rooms and away from the everyday life outside. The German admitted that he didn’t feel well in Rotterdam this year, spending time in a room with no fresh air and suffering an early defeat to Alexander Bublik. Despite all the challenges, Zverev has stayed competitive and entered the Miami Open and Monte Carlo before heading to Munich, something we can’t say for Dominic Thiem. Seven months ago, Dominic Thiem claimed the first Major title at the US Open, performing a marvelous comeback against Zverev in the title match to fulfill his dream and enter the special list.
With those 2000 points, Thiem became a candidate to finish the season inside the top-2 ahead of Rafael Nadal, needing a couple of good results in the remaining events. Dominic suffered the quarter-final loss at Roland Garros and at home in Vienna, heading to the ATP Finals as one of the favorites and losing in the final to Daniil Medvedev after a great battle. Dominic started to struggle with all the rules, bubbles and restrictions around him at the beginning of the new season, not feeling great in Melbourne and winning only five matches in 2021.
Alexander Zverev backs Dominic Thiem, saying he also struggles.
Thiem prevailed against Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open third round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov, heading to Doha and Dubai and experiencing early losses after not feeling well physically and mentally. Seek and tired of everything, the Austrian decided to take a break and skip Miami, Monte Carlo and Belgrade, not thinking much about tennis in the previous weeks and recharging batteries ahead of Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros. Thiem has been working hard for the last couple of days, hoping to get back on track and seek a deep run at Caja Magica next week.
“We have been in a bubble for nine months. I was freaking out in Rotterdam. We could only stay at the hotel and on the court. There is no fresh air to breathe, and we have no contact with the outside world. I understand Dominic Thiem completely, and I have been struggling with motivation too,” Alexander Zverev said.