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Dominic Thiem laments injury rule out of Australian Open 2023 but satisfied with progress

FeaturedSports NewsDominic Thiem laments injury rule out of Australian Open 2023 but satisfied with progress

Dominic Thiem said he was satisfied with his performance in Tuesday’s Australian Open first round clash with fifth seed Andre Rublev, before a stomach injury ended his trip 6-3 6-4 6-2. was defeated. .

Thiem broke the Big Three’s stranglehold on Grand Slam titles when he won the 2020 US Open but a wrist injury in 2021 sidelined him for months and he has since struggled to return to the same level.

The 29-year-old Austrian said he was “happy with the performance” against Rublev until he tweaked a stomach muscle while serving in the second set.

“The sun was out — I was in a tough position to serve, so I changed the toss completely and then something happened in the abs or the ribs,” Thiem told reporters. told.

“It’s just a little inflammation or a little strain … obviously not the best time and in the middle of the second set, but it is what it is.

“But honestly, I don’t think I can beat Rublev at 100 percent, he’s a top-five seed here – even really fit. He’s going to be very, very hard to beat and with a problem like Abs, It will be almost impossible.”

Thiem, however, is confident of rediscovering his 2020 form after a difficult season last year when the clay court specialist struggled to win matches on the second-tier Challenger Tour.

“It was a lot harder than I expected at the beginning. Also, I was playing worse than I expected, so it was a tough road back,” Thiem said.

“But things changed, especially towards the autumn, towards the last tournament of the year. There I was playing very well.

“This tournament doesn’t change anything because I just had a tough opponent.”

Dominic Thiem(T)Australian Open 2023

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