Round-up of tennis news, including Dominic Thiem and Felix Auger-Aliassime
Tennis news ‘Second Service’: Thiem names Nadal as best role model for him as Auger-Aliassimes confirms enjoyment of playing in Italy
Looking back on big tennis news in our exclusive ‘Second Service’… Thiem named Nadal as the best role model for him as Auger-Aliassimes confirms enjoyment of playing in Italy, more more…
To begin this roundup of tennis news, Dominic Thiem singled out Rafael Nadal as a big inspiration for his return to the top of the men’s game.
The former world number three suffered a wrist injury in June last year which sidelined him for nine months. After a series of atrocious defeats which left him without a victory on the circuit for 14 months, Thiem is slowly returning to his old level.
Although Nadal has never suffered such a drop in the rankings as the Austrian, Thiem identified the courage the Spaniard showed in coming back from injury as something to look for.
“[Nadal] is probably the best model for this experiment,” Thiem told AS. “He didn’t do it once but four or five times to come back from a long injury of six months or even more. And the form was always amazing. So that’s a big inspiration.
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In other tennis news, Felix Auger-Aliassime is set to become the first Canadian to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals in singles since Milos Raonic with his first victory at the Florence Open.
The top-seeded Florence beat Germany’s Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 in just under an hour and a half on the court. After leading comfortably with a break in the second set, the 22-year-old stumbled to let Otte back.
Addressing the gathered crowd, the world No. 13 expressed his excitement at playing in a new part of the country.
“I always liked playing in Italy,” he said. “I came when I was young. 11, 12 years old, playing all over Italy. I love playing in Rome and this was my first time playing in this region. So it’s great to come here for the first time. I love my time here.
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Moreover, Rafael Nadal assured the fans that everything is fine with his family after his wife Xisca gave birth to a baby boy.
The 22-time Slam champion hasn’t played since the Laver Cup at the end of September. His last appearance in a ranking tournament came in his fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open.
From London, Nadal is at home with his wife in anticipation of the birth of their child. With the birth of their son, Nadal has now broken his silence on Twitter.
“Hello everyone. After a few days and many messages of love, I just wanted to thank you all! We are very happy and everyone is doing very well! A big hug,” he tweeted.
Read what Nadal had to say here.
To conclude, Dominic Thiem is back in the top 150 of the ATP Live Rankings after a third consecutive win at the 250-level Gijon Open.
The 2020 US Open champion backed up wins over Joao Sousa and Marcos Giron to defeat world number 29 Francisco Cerundolo 6-4, 6-3. The victory takes him to 132nd in the ATP Live Rankings, returning to the top 150 after dropping out in May.
” It is very important for me. Because I’m always trying to climb the rankings. Obviously, I’m still outside the top 150 now. So semi-finals on the ATP [tour] helps a lot. Lots of dots. So that means a lot to me. This is only the second semi-final [this year].”
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