Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has admitted that his preparation for the French Open hasn’t been perfect but still he is hoping to have a good campaign at Roland Garros.
Thiem, ranked at No. 4 in the world, missed the first part of the clay season as he pulled out of the Monte Carlo Masters and Serbia Open in Belgrade to rest.
Thiem kicked off his clay season two weeks ago at the Madrid Masters, where he made the semifinal before losing to eventual champion Alexander Zverev.
Last week, Thiem suffered a surprise round-of-16 loss at the Rome to Lorenzo Sonego.
“If I compare my preparation this year to the previous years, it’s definitely a little worse this year, don’t need to lie about that, but I still see my chances to play well [at Roland-Garros] and hopefully work myself into the tournament,” Thiem said, per Tennis Now.
Thiem praised by Sonego
After stunning Thiem on the clay courts of Rome, Sonego couldn’t hide his happiness as he said that the Austrian is the best player on clay with 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.
“It’s amazing, an unbelievably emotional moment for me because I’m in Rome, in my Italy with fans for two sets,” Sonego said in his on-court interview, as quoted on the ATP website. “I’m so happy for this victory, for this match. Thiem is with Nadal the best player on clay.”
Thiem took a break recently because he was struggling to find motivation.
“I don’t know what exactly is the case of Dominic, why he felt that way. But I can relate. I mean, I understand. Obviously these kind of circumstances that we are living right now in the world are different from back five years when I was experiencing that period or maybe the crisis of motivation a bit,” Novak Djokovic said.