Expectations will be high for Dominic Thiem, who comes into the US Open as the second seed after Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the tournament due to safety concerns. Thiem, who had shown major improvement away from clay in 2019, will hope to build on this when he begins his hunt for a first slam once more. He plays the young Spaniard Jaume Munar for a spot in round two with Bradley Klahn or Sumit Nagal awaiting the winner.
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23 year old Munar was highly touted having been a junior slam finalist but otherwise has not made many headlines, not too surprising given he has hovered around the top 100 for much of his career to date. Much more comfortable on clay, his odd forays onto hard have not proved too fruitful – with just one win at the US Open in two outings.
After partnering with Nicolas Massu, Thiem showed a great improvement on hard courts. Several indoor titles came as did his biggest title to date at Indian Wells last March. Further proof of his rise came in Australia, when he could well have earned his first slam had things gone slightly more his way in a five set epic against Novak Djokovic. His return could have gone a lot more smoothly though with the Austrian winning just three games in defeat to Filip Krajinovic at the Western & Southern Open.
“I know about my strength. I know things can change very quickly. I hope that I do better at the US Open, of course, it’s a little bit weird to stay at the same courts, stay at the same place for another tournament, but I hope that I learned the right things from this match from [the Western & Southern Open] and do it better from Tuesday on.” Thiem said. He will be hoping it was just a blip as he should be able to ease through the first few rounds if he is anywhere near his best.
Prediction – Dominic Thiem in straight sets