For a first event back after a six-week pause, a Madrid Masters semi-final was not a bad result at all according to Dominic Thiem.
The world No. 4 who stepped away for a physical and mental recharge in March, returned to the event where he has played in a pair of finals and reached the final four and a 6-3, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Alexander Zverev on Saturday.
The Austrian who won last year’s US Open was not at all displeased with his showing.
“I’m super happy with the week. I would have never expected to be in the semi-finals (against) a player like him,” the Austrian said.
“I cannot complain about anything.
“There are many things to improve for next week and then for the weeks after, as well. I’ll just try to get to Rome, get some good practices in there, then hopefully play even better than here in Madrid.”
Thiem said his level after his pause has come on faster than he would have imagined.
“This was a way better result than I expected. Playing-wise and physically-wise I expected to be in a decent shape. But (I have to) keep all intensity for all the week, day in, day out.
“I’m very optimistic that every week I’m it’s going to improve. For the confidence it was important to get a great result here.
“I’m happy, I think I’m on the right track.”