Former world number one Rafael Nadal has urged tennis fans not to put too much pressure on Dominic Thiem. Thiem was out for 10 months before making his long-awaited return at the end of March.
Thiem has played three matches since his return and his record is 0 wins. Thiem is still far from his best, unlike Nadal who won his first 20 matches of the year.
Nadal was restricted to just one tournament in the second half of the 2021 season. In January, Nadal won the Melbourne Summer Tournament and the Australian Open.
Nadal has made it clear that comparing Thiem’s current results to Australia’s is simply unfair to the Austrian.
Nadal: I’m sure Thiem will return to his old form
“No, it’s true, now is not the time to put pressure on Dominic, and it’s not fair to compare (his return to the game) with mine, because in this case, I’m not the guy who likes to speak well of myself. .
But it is true that the way in which I have been able to return several times in my tennis career is something special, and it is not something usual, because when you return from a long period without playing, the normal thing is to have a slow recovery process, and that is what Dominic is going through,” Nadal said, as revealed by Musab Abid.
“I have no doubt that if he is healthy he will be back this week, next week, at Roland Garros, if not at Wimbledon or later. It is a question of when. If he really has the determination, the passion to continue, I will not have doubt that he will recover 100% (of his old) level, but it is a matter of time.
It’s a process you have to go through.” A few years ago, Thiem was considered the biggest threat to Nadal on clay. Today, Thiem is far from one of the big contenders at Roland-Garros.