Dominic Thiem was, before the stoppage of the circuit, one of the great candidates to break the hegemony of Big 3: the Austrian, current 3rd in the world, reached the finals of the last two Roland Garros and the Australian Open.
Close to turning 27, Thiem was the great figure of men’s tennis in this exhibition stage: he won the first stage of the Adria Tour (the only one that could be completed) in brick dust. Then, he played the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, on cement, for two weekends: he fell to Gasquet and beat Tsitsipas, Berrettini (the two finalists in the tournament) and Goffin.
In Kitzbuhel he had his failed step, in the tournament organized by himself and which was called Thiem 7s: he won his group with three wins (Struff, Rublev and Ruud), he beat Bautista in the semifinal. In the definition of the tournament, he fell to Rublev in three sets: 4-6, 7-5 and 8-10.
Last week, in Berlin, Thiem won the exhibition played on grass, beating Berrettini in the final, another of the best that went without official tournaments. Then, in the same city but on an indoor surface, the Austrian was champion when he beat Sinner in the final, in which he qualified as his best game of this entire stage.
After defeating Sinner, Thiem said he does not plan to play more exhibitions and that his next goal is to travel to the United States to play the US Open, in search of his first Grand Slam title.