Dominic Thiem, the former world No. 3, has stated that he intends to play every week leading up to the French Open. Thiem, 28, returned to action after an extended layoff due to a wrist injury in late March. Thiem tested positive for COVID-19 after the Marbella Challenger, therefore he skipped Marrakech and Monte Carlo.
Thiem has recovered from COVID-19, and his busy calendar kicks off this week in Belgrade with the Serbia Open. "I've made it through a long recovery. I'm glad I'm back in Belgrade. When I won the Adria Tour two years ago, I was here.
I wanted to go back last year, but I had an arm issue. I'm not sure how I'll play right now, but I know I'll fight for every point. My season begins in Belgrade, and I intend to play every week until Roland Garros.
Thiem stated, "I am ready for the opening match."
Thiem aspires to be well-prepared for the French Open
Thiem was a formidable force on clay a few years ago, and he was regarded as Rafael Nadal's biggest threat on the surface. Thiem, who reached back-to-back French Open finals in 2018 and 2019, isn't setting his sights too high for this year's tournament, but he hopes to be a strong contender for the Roland Garros.
It's critical for me to get back into playing. In Belgrade, I'll get the chance to play and train with several of the Top 10 players. I'm not sure how I'll play or what shape I'll be in, but it's critical that I battle for every point.
I'd like to return to playing at a high level. Roland Garros is also approaching, and it is a unique competition in which I am excited to compete. I have no idea what to expect here. "I hope that in 2023, I will be back at the top, that Roland Garros will be mine, since it will be when I will be in the ideal form," Thiem stated.
Filip Krajinovic, a Serbian tennis player, is eager to perform well this week in Belgrade and win his first ATP title. Belgrade returned to the ATP Tour calendar last year. Krajinovic reached the Belgrade semifinals in 2010, but lost to Sam Querrey.
Belgrade had lost its ATP event after the 2011 season, but it returned last year, with Krajinovic competing. Last year, Krajinovic advanced to the quarterfinals of the Belgrade Open before falling to Matteo Berrettini. "It is a great honour and joy for me to play in front of my home fans in the capital, where I have many wonderful memories, and I am thrilled that this tournament will be held."
We all enjoy playing in front of our home crowd, which includes family and friends, since it provides us with a lot of motivation. Also, I am confident that everyone of us will give it our all because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in Belgrade, particularly at the May 25 Sportscenter, where we have previously practised.
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"I don't have any special rituals before going out on the court," Krajinovic explained. "The only thing I like doing before a match is listening to music and changing the grip on the rackets because it relaxes me, then I take time for myself and enjoy it."
Krajinovic meets former world No. 7 David Goffin in the opening round, which will be a big test for him. Goffin has been in good form recently, winning Marrakech two weeks ago and reaching the Monte Carlo round of 16 last week.
According To Uswhispers.com Krajinovic and Goffin are familiar with each other, with the Belgian holding a 3-2 advantage in their head-to-head. It'll be interesting to see how far Krajinovic can travel this week in front of his house.