The cancellation for the Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Cincinnati was the right choice from the current perspective. Dominic Thiem, who has been suffering from a viral disease since his arrival in Toronto, is back in time for the US Open in New York on Monday.
The Lower Austrian, who turns 25 on the second week of US Open (3.9.), Has not performed well for several reasons since he reached the French Open final for the first time. But now has a reasonable game, but especially a strong training performance in the run-up to the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, brought new confidence in the team of the world number nine.
Thiem prepares himself under the watchful eye of coach Günter Bresnik on Randall's Island in north-east Manhattan at the Academy of tennis legend John McEnroe. Incidentally, the American star was also a striking training partner for Thiems for a small unit. Moreover Thiem et al. With his good friend Dennis Novak, the reigning Vienna winner Lucas Pouille (FRA) and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman for Flushing Meadows.
At the large factory in the Queens Thiem district in New York Saturday will not move. "If you can not train on the competition courts, it is really useless," Bresnik said.
Bresnik had arranged for the two training partners on Saturday before the draw: remarkably both are potential opponents of Thiem in his district Tableau. Last year finalist Kevin Anderson would be the possible knockout opponent, in the round for the first placed opponent Roberto Bautista Agut. Both can "sniff" Thiem shortly before the tournament starts.
In any case, Bresnik was very relieved by the development of the tenfold tournament winner of the past few days. "To be honest, if it stays as it was yesterday and today, then I'm happy." Thiem is back in shape two weeks after his most recent single tour (kickoff in Toronto against Stefanos Tsitsipas) and after recovering from illness. "He makes a good physical impression, the punches were very nice today, and also how he plays the points", Thiem & s coach was very satisfied.
Meanwhile Thiem is already experienced with such situations. "He does not play a point for two weeks and then he plays the first set fine."
The first opponent Thiem, Mirza Basic from Bosnia-Herzegovina, knows Bresnik less well. But of course both know that the 27-year-old world is 81st has won his first ATP tournament in Sofia this year. But Thiem plays on a normal level, then Basic should not be a major obstacle for the number nine in the world. "The crucial story is: how is Dominic together, it's just nice that he has no physical limitations," Bresnik said.
Even if the forced break was not optimal, the lightwinner seems ready. "He makes one of the best impressions I've seen with him lately," Bresnik complimented his protégé.
So finally good news from the number one of Austria, which was last persecuted by a losing series and since the French Open in five tournaments only three wins fourth.