Historic tennis crisis: What Thiem’s ​​crash means for Austria

If Thiem falls out of the top 100 in the world rankings, there would be no ÖTV player in this select circle for the first time since 1983.

If you look at everything a little more optimistically, you could say: where, if not in Madrid, could Dominic Thiem at least get back to the form of the old days? Because in Spain’s capital he has not yet won a title, but has been in the final twice (2017 and 2018) and in the semifinals twice.

Getting into the top four was the only positive upside last year. There was only the final stop against the German Alexander Zverev.

Thiem played three tournaments this year, all lost on sand. Nevertheless, he has a small advantage today: his opponent Andy Murray (8 p.m., live on Sky) is playing his first game this year on this surface. Otherwise, the former number one has 18 matches in his Scottish legs, ten of them won.

The best time of the soon to be 35-year-old is already over. The two-time Olympic champion and three-time major winner is currently in 81st place, in direct comparison with Thiem it is 2: 2. The winner will then face either Canadian Denis Shapovalov or a qualifier. Novak Djokovic could wait in the third round.

No man’s land

Valuable points are at stake for the Lower Austrian. Because next Monday, the 360 ​​points from last year’s semi-final will fall out of the standings. If the 28-year-old does not write, he will fall back to around 160, 170 and will not appear in the top 100 for the first time since February 2014.

Austria would then no longer be found in this select circle for both men and women. That was last in 1983. Then, in all likelihood, Dennis Novak will be Austria’s number one (last Monday in 149th place), and Jurij Rodionov (159) also has good cards.

Dominic Thiem’s ​​loss of points could continue merrily: A week later, on May 16, Rome lost 90 points, Thiem remained without a win, and there was a risk of falling out of the top 200.

By Editor

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