After suffering a 6-3, 6-2 defeat against Cameron Norrie at Lyon Open, Dominic Thiem was unable to hide his disappointment. One of the consistent performers in the last couple of seasons, Thiem only managed to win five games in total on Thursday. “It was a huge disappointment just now. Just also a big, I would stay, step backwards after promising tournaments in Madrid and Rome. I don’t really know why,” Thiem admitted.
“I was preparing well here, practising well and just didn’t find any rhythm, any strokes. Don’t really know what happened. But as I said, it’s just a huge step back. I was hoping to take the little positive signs from Madrid and Rome here, but it didn’t work out. I have to analyse [it] now and look [towards] Roland Garros.”
The Austrian feels that now he has to analyse the game and work harder for the upcoming French Open. “It’s not good for the confidence. To be honest, the way I played today, I was expecting that more to come in Madrid because I hadn’t played for so long,” Thiem said.
“But now I was back in the match rhythm and actually hoping for good tennis. I don’t know what to say or what to think. That’s why I need to analyse it and just need to work hard for Roland Garros and [I am] hoping for the best there.”
The two-time Roland Garros finalist said he is eager to find “a way back somehow.” “I was practising quite well the days I’ve been at home and the days before the match here, so it’s more the matches [I need to figure out],” Thiem added.
“I need to find a way back somehow. The next match is already the first round at Roland Garros and until that day I need to hopefully sort it out.”
Thiem, who won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open last year, felt that he was on the “right way” in Madrid and Rome.
“I’m still [trying] to find the way I’m playing. I felt that I was on the right way in Madrid and Rome and the match against Sonego wasn’t bad at all. There were many long rallies,” Thiem added. “Today again I felt a little bit uncomfortable to play in these long rallies and rushing a bit [a few] of them. That’s how it is.”