Dominic Thiem sets out rankings goal for end of 2022
Dominic Thiem has revealed that his rankings goal for the rest of 2022 is to return to the top 100.
The 2020 US Open champion recorded his first hard court win since February 2021 by defeating JJ Wolf of the US in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open.
Thiem will continue his hard court campaign after the ATP 250 event at the US Open beginning at the end of the month after receiving a wildcard into the Slam.
Currently ranked 231st in the world, Thiem spoke after the win in North Carolina about his season so far.
“In Rome and Paris, I was just not ready to face the top-level guys. My game was not there yet,” Thiem admitted. “I played 10 good matches in Bastad, Gstaad and Kitzbühel, the goal now is to get the rhythm on hard courts as soon as possible, to play two great tournaments here in the US [in Winston-Salem and at the US Open].
“And then a pretty intense calendar until the end of the year to hopefully reach my goal, which is getting back to the top 100.”
Should Thiem go all the way and win the title in Winston-Salem he could be ranked as high as inside the world’s top 120 depending on results in US Open men’s qualifying.
First he must contend with top seed Grigor Dimitrov and will look to continue the form, and luck, from his match with Wolf.
“It was not easy at all today with the rain delay, coming back out there at 11:15 p.m,” Thiem continued on the victory. “It was very late. I had trouble [getting] into the match again. But luckily I raised the level a little bit in the third set tiebreak and compared to Kitzbühel [against Yannick Hanfmann], where similar stuff happened with the rain, the luck was on my side today.”
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