Bastad | Thiem on road back

Dominic Thiem has finally, after a year of losses while attempting to comeback from a wrist injury, has finally put together back-to-back victories which should reverse his slide down the rankings to 339 having been as high as No.3.

It is an amazing atmosphere and I am so happy that I won today so I can have at least another match tomorrow. It was really good DominicThiem

He beat Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(5) 3-6 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Nordea Open, better known perhaps as the Swedish Open, in Bastad having defeated Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori 3-6 6-1 7-6(5) in the opening round.

Speaking after the match, Thiem said: “It is a process. I beat Ruusuvuori and today I beat Bautista Agut. Two really top opponents, so if I can beat them, I am definitely back, I am into the quarters of a really strong tournament, so I am happy. It is a process, but I am going the right way.”

He next faces Argentina’s Sebastian Baez and his current wins augurs well for the Austrian’s future following the wrist injury he picked up in Mallorca 2021 after winning the previous year’s US Open.

No surprisingly Thiem was delighted with his current results in Sweden.

“It is great to play here,” he said. “It is an amazing atmosphere and I am so happy that I won today so I can have at least another match tomorrow. It was really good.

“The win against Emil gave me confidence that I can compete against the best players in the world and today against Roberto. He is always such a tough opponent. I was expecting and hoping it would be a close match. Then when I won the first set in the tie-break I said ‘Hey, I can win today.’ I had the belief until the end of the match and the third set was really good.”

Since returning in March this year, Thiem has suffered first-round exits at Marbella, Belgrade, Estoril, Madrid, Rome, Geneva and Roland Garros. He advanced to the second round in Salzburg last week, getting his first win in over a year, beating Argentinean Facundo Bagnis in three sets.






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