07/12/2022 4:45 p.m. | UPDATED ON 07/12/2022 AT 5:15 PM
Unable to win a match on the main circuit since May 12, 2021, Dominic Thiem (339th) finally succeeded this Tuesday, during the first round of the Bastad tournament.
A year and two months later, Dominic Thiem finally tastes the joy of a victory on the main circuit! Last week, the Austrian player ended a series of eleven defeats in a row by winning a match at the Salzburg Challenger, but the Austrian did not confirm afterwards. This Tuesday, he made his return to the ATP circuit, for the first time since his defeat in the first round of Roland-Garros, on the side of Bastad where he played his protected classification. And the current 339th in the world won against the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori (43rd): 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 in 2h38. Author of 6 aces and 70% of first serves during this game, Thiem missed his start to the match and found himself trailing 5-1, but he recovered perfectly in the second set by scoring two breaks, before s win 7-5 in the tiebreak of the third set. Maybe it was the trigger he needed, after fourteen months marked by depression, a serious wrist injury, a finger injury, and a big lack of confidence since his return? In the next round, he will have a lot to do, against the No. 4 seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who has already beaten him four out of six times.