Recapping Dominic Thiem’s dominant run in the summer exhibitions

During this unexpected exhibition season amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Dominic Thiem has been the dominant ATP Tour player. After winning two different events in Berlin, Thiem now sets his sights on the US Open.

July 21, 2020

Nobody wants professional tennis to return more than Dominic Thiem.

It’s not just that Thiem probably enjoys playing tennis – as much tennis as possible! – more than any other player; it’s also that he is in the best form right now.

Thiem has played more and won more than anyone else throughout this current run of exhibition events amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The ATP and WTA tours have been suspended since early March, but that has not stopped the 26-year-old from racking up win after win on surface after surface. He has been playing on hard courts, clay and grass, and winning on all three.

Dominic Thiem, UTS 2020

Out of three clay-court exhibitions, Thiem won two—a Pro Series event in Austria and the first leg of the ill-fated Adria Tour in Belgrade, Serbia. Ironically, the one tournament he failed to win was his own. Thiem reached the final of “Thiem’s Seven” at home in Austria, but he lost to Andrey Rublev 6-2, 5-7, 10-8.

The world No. 3 proceeded to win both of the Bett1 Aces events in Berlin, first on grass and then on a hard court.

At the grass-court stop, Thiem took care of Jannik Sinner 6-3, 7-6(5) before beating UTS1 champion Matteo Berrettini 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-8.

At the hard-court hangar, Thiem beat 42-year-old Tommy Haas 7-6(4), 6-3 and then faced Sinner again. The favorite had an easier time of things this time around, cruising past the 18-year-old Italian 6-4, 6-2.

Across all competitions, Thiem has compiled a dominant 25-3 record. That may be it for him, too, until the real tour returns. The Citi Open in Washington, D.C. is still on the schedule for mid-August but is plagued by cancellation rumors, and it is to be followed by the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open.

The recent Australian Open runner-up plans on taking his talents to New York.

“I hope the next (event for me) is the US Open,” Thiem said. “I am still not sure a 100 percent that it is going to happen. But the plan is to go there in the middle of August and if this is happening, it means that the normal tour is coming back which is what we are all hoping for. It was nice everything but I hope this is my last exhibition match for a while.”

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