Dominic Thiem ends ugly 426-day drought after tennis nightmare

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Former World No.3 Dominci Thiem (pictured) celebrates his win at the Swedish Open.
Former World No.3 Dominci Thiem (pictured) has won his first match in 425 days on the ATP Tour. (Images: Twitter)

Former World No.3 Dominic Thiem has finally won his first match back on Tour in 426 days after a gruelling road back to tennis from wrist surgery.

Thiem, a US Open winner, returned to tennis earlier this year but has struggled to recreate the form that saw him challenge Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal in 2020-2021.

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The Austrian, who has dropped to World No.346, lost his first 10 matches in a row on the ATP Tour since making his comeback.

But, after working hard to get back to match fitness, Thiem won his opening match at the Swedish Open 6-4, 7-5 against Filip Misolic at the Nordea Open.

Thiem was emotional after the win and acknowledged he hadn't let the setbacks defeat him since returning to the sport.

"It’s a long time,” Thiem said after the match.

“My last victory was in Rome in 2021, it feels like a different world somehow.

"Many, many things happened. It was tough, but it was also a very good experience, I think, for life in general.

"I’m so happy that I got this first victory here today.”

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“It was a very difficult match,” Thiem said in his on-court interview.

“I didn’t have a very good start and then I fought really well, but I had a really tough period with many losses and not many wins, so it was really difficult for me to close out the match.

"Even though I played pretty good in the second and third sets. I have to control the nerves a little bit better, especially when it gets to the end.”

The tennis world was quick to praise Thiem for achieving his first win during a brutal road to recovery.

Thiem, a two-time French Open finalist and US Open winner, looked to for the longest time the player that would surpass the 'Big Three' as the NextGen rose through the ranks.

However, after his maiden grand slam victory, Thiem suffered a re-occurring wrist injury that has sidelined him for an extended period of time.

Thiem later admitted it was a 'step-by-step' journey back to the top.

The Austrian will now play No.4 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round.

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