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Thiem confident of turning things around for US Open

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Dominic Thiem had a nightmarish start to his U.S. Open preparations when he was bundled out in his first match of the Western & Southern Open last week but the world number three is confident he can turn things around in time for the Grand Slam.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – bett1ACES exhibition tournament – Steffi Graf Stadium, Berlin, Germany – July 15, 2020 Austria's Dominic Thiem in action during his final match against Italy's Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

31 Aug 2020 10:40AM

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REUTERS: Dominic Thiem had a nightmarish start to his U.S. Open preparations when he was bundled out in his first match of the Western & Southern Open last week but the world number three is confident he can turn things around in time for the Grand Slam.

The Austrian is seeded second at Flushing Meadows in the absence of Rafa Nadal and is expected to pose the strongest challenge for top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who beat Thiem in a five-set thriller in this year's Australian Open final.

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Thiem, however, managed to win just three games in his second-round match against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic at the Western & Southern Open after getting a first-round bye.

"Things like that, matches like that, are happening. I didn't have my best day. That's how that result came," the 26-year-old told reporters on Sunday.

"I know about my strength. I know things can change very quickly. Well, I hope that I do better at the Open."

Thiem, who was also a finalist at the last two French Opens, begins his U.S. Open campaign on Tuesday against Spaniard Jaume Munar, whom hRead More – Source