Dominic Thiem ends his season ‘exhausted’ after home defeat
Dominic Thiem has called an end to his 2022 season after exiting in the second round of the ATP 500 Vienna Open.
The 2020 US Open champion fell to top seed and fellow former winner in New York Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-3 in front of his home crowd. Thiem did have a wildcard into qualifying for the Paris Masters, but has declined the invitation in favour of rest.
“It’s been exhausting the last few weeks,” the Austrian told reporters according to Kleine Zeitung. “I’ve played a lot since July. That’s why the season is over for me.
“Also because I got good news from the ATP. I have 550 [ranking] points, the Australian Open should go there. If I can do it, it doesn’t matter, if I finish [the year] in the top 100.”
According to the live ATP rankings, Dominic Thiem holds 530 ranking points following Vienna, placing him at 108th in the world. However, based on his saying that has been corrected to 550, he will instead be ranked 101st.
Despite ending his 2021 season in June, Thiem began 2022 ranked 15th thanks to his accumulated points. He gradually fell to as low as 352nd in June of this year after going 14 months without a tour win.
But after three tour semi-finals and a win-loss record of 18-16 over the season, the 29-year-old will be encouraged entering the off-season.
“I will put full focus on the preparation so that I will be fully ready for early 2023,” he added. “At the beginning of December, I will fly to the Emirates, do my preparations there and from there to Australia.”
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