“It’s a shocking stat!” – Dominic Thiem blasts his own Canadian Open record ahead of tournament

Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem says he is confident of doing well at this week’s Canadian Open – even though he has ever won a match in the tournament.

The Austrian has lost all five of his matches in the competition, which switches venue each year between Toronto and Montreal.

“It’s a shocking stat,” Thiem, the world number four, acknowledged to reporters.

“The tournament is really strong again now. But, of course, I’ll try my best to get my first victory here.”

Thiem is coming to Canada on the back of winning in Kitzbuhel, a tournament that he admits it close to his heart.

“It was such an emotional week,” he recalled. “four matches on a sold-out Austrian crowd with my first title on home soil.

“Of course, was not the biggest title of my career, but probably the most beautiful one.

“I couldn’t get here with more confidence. Of course, it’s a little short time to prepare.

“Not going to be easy with the switch from clay to hard court, only three days in between, and a very tough first-round opponent.

“[But] I really like the way I’m playing right now, so we’ll see, yeah.”

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