By Bill Scott

Two-time Paris finalist Dominic Thiem continued to struggle in his comeback effort, with the Austrian dropping his sixth match in a row.

 The former No. 3 who won the US Open two years ago is light-years away from his best form but has not been able to gain traction since returning to the Tour in mid-April.

So far his effort has produced first-round defeats in Belgrade, Estoril, Madrid, Rome and Geneva prior to Paris.

The 194th-ranked Austrian said he is having “zero physical issues,” with his problems on court purely mental.

He called his continuing case of nerves “toxic to my forehand.” 

“I have no serious physical issues, I don’t have mental problems with the forehand, even if I missed a lot,” he said.

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