Thiem: 'My Goal Is To Get Into The Best Physical Shape'
“The break was good,” said Thiem on Saturday. “I also needed it. But now it's also time to be back. I think Madrid is a great place for me [and] I have only good memories of that tournament. Conditions are amazing for my game... I'm happy to be back here and hope that I can also play well.”
The Austrian star has played only four tournaments this year, compiling a 5-4 match record, but is looking to recapture his best form in the Spanish capital. He finished as runner-up in 2017 and 2018, and this week limited crowds will return at the ATP Masters 1000 clay-court tournament.
“It's so nice,” said Thiem, who will play a qualifier in his first match. “I was just driving in to the site for the first time, saw people in the stands, which was pretty new again for me… I can't wait to play in front of people again.
“I [have been] preparing in Austria, doing lot of physical practice, [a] lot of tennis practice. I think that I'm on a good level…. I’m probably in better shape than 12 months ago.”
“I think he's improving his game constantly,” said Thiem. “He [has] improved every part of his game. That's also what you need to do to be successful every year. That's why he's such a great role model.
“My goal is to get a lot of matches against top players until Roland Garros, to give myself the best chance possible there. Once I arrive at Roland Garros, I want to be in the best physical shape, in the best tennis shape, so I give myself the best chances to go deep there.”