Dominic Thiem is pleased with the off-season he has had as his big goal for 2023 is to get back to his old level and be a strong force on Tour again. Thiem, the 2020 US Open champion, was out for 10 months before returning from a wrist injury in late March.
Thiem lost his first seven matches after returning, but his level improved as the season progressed. Thiem, who was ranked 352 at some point during the 2022 season, reached three ATP semi-finals in the second part of the year and climbed to 102 in the world.
Heading into the 2023 Australian Open, Thiem is feeling fit and hoping to do well at Melbourne Park, even though he isn’t really considered among the top favorites for the title.
Thiem to The National: I want to be able to beat anyone again
“I told myself that I have to put some pressure back on myself, to start winning games again, and it worked out well.
From 300 in the ranking to 100 in just three or four months, which was very good. The address was definitely correct. Still, I wasn’t playing at my best again and I wanted to change this in the off-season. I really have the feeling that I am on the right track and at the same time the expectations for the New Year are rising.
Still, it’s going to be very difficult since I’m unseeded and I can take on anyone at the start of any tournament. But I’m fit, happy to compete and really looking forward to getting started. My goal is to get back on track, to achieve this, to be able to beat anyone, to go far in every tournament and hopefully during 2023 this will happen again,» Thiem told The National.
In 2020, Thiem came close to winning the Australian Open when he fell short to Novak Djokovic in a five-set final at Melbourne Park. It remains to be seen if Thiem can kick off his 2023 season with a strong run at the Australian Open.