Austria’s tennis star Dominic Thiem’s first appearance against a top ten player since his serious wrist injury in June 2021 was not crowned with success. The 29-year-old ex-US Open champion lost in the round of 16 of the ATP indoor hard court tournament in Metz to world number ten and defending champion Hubert Hurkacz (25) in 75 minutes 3: 6, 4: 6.
“I didn’t play well enough,” said the Lichtenwörther, who couldn’t win any of the three previous duels with the 1.96 meter tall Pole – he served twelve aces yesterday. Thiem had a promising start, he had already found two breakballs in the first game. They should be the only ones. The 17-time ATP tournament winner struggled with the service (only 59 percent for the “first”) and also with his baseline game, which was not powerful enough. Thiem was at a disadvantage with the “Winners” at 7:28, but only five unforced errors were okay. “I will continue to work hard, there is still a lot to do,” says Thiem, who will continue at the one million dollar event in Tel Aviv on Monday. Then coach Nicolas Massu (most recently for Chile in the Davis Cup) and brother Moritz should join the team again. Thiem is expected to improve from position 182 to 170 in the ATP ranking.
Ranking points no longer matter for Roger Federer. He wants to enjoy his farewell performance today (around 9:30 p.m., Eurosport 1 and SRF two) at the Laver Cup in London. As requested, the 41-year-old Swiss will compete alongside Rafael Nadal (Esp) in doubles for Europe. The friendly duo meets the Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. “It will be my honor and a real pleasure,” Nadal tweeted. The two superstars had trained yesterday in front of 10,000 enthusiastic fans in the O2 arena – on the other side of the net stood Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. This united the (former) “Big Four” – or a total of 66 Grand Slam singles titles on one court.