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Thiem’s comeback still not off the ground – Austrian falls to Cecchinato in Geneva

Dominic Thiem fell short against Italy’s Marco Cecchinato on Monday in Geneva, the Austrian falling to 0-5 at ATP level thus far on the season.

Dominic Thiem at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 at La Caja Magica in May 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Dominic Thiem at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 at La Caja Magica in May 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Image Credit: Zuma / Panoramic

Dominic Thiem is playing better with each passing week, but the 28-year-old Austrian is still winless in 2022. On Monday the former world No 3 dropped to 0-5 at the ATP level on the season as he fell to 134-ranked Marco Cecchinato, 6-3, 6-4, on Monday at the Gonet Geneva Open in Switzerland.

Thiem had ample opportunities to make headway against the Italian veteran but failed to convert any of his seven break points over the course of the one hour and 33-minute tussle.

In turn, he was broken three times by the 29-year-old qualifier.

Thiem has now lost his last nine sets, and 10 of the 11 sets he has played since beginning his comeback to the ATP Tour at Belgrade with a three-set loss to John Millman.

The two-time Roland-Garros finalist and 10-time ATP clay-court titlist is now 0-6 overall in 2022 since returning – Thiem also lost his first match at the Marbella Challenger, in straight sets to Pedro Cachin.

Thiem’s 2022 comeback, match by match:

  • Match 1: Lost to Pedro Cachin, 6-3, 6-4, at Marbella Challenger
  • Match 2: Lost to John Millman, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at Belgrade
  • Match 3: Lost to Benjamin Bonzi, 6-3, 7-6(9) at Estoril
  • Match 4: Lost to Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-4 at Madrid
  • Match 5: Lost to Fabio Fognini, 6-4, 7-6(5) at Rome
  • Match 6: Lost to Marco Cecchinato, 6-3, 6-4 at Geneva

Overall, Thiem has lost his last nine matches on tour, dating back to his last win at Rome in 2021.

Thiem’s double tweener

It wasn’t a winning day for Thiem, but the Austrian did hit the jackpot when it comes to tweeners. He hit hot dog winners on back-to-back points in the second set, a bright spot that put a smile on Thiem’s face.

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