Dominic Thiem needed just 58 minutes to re-establish himself as a factor to fear on clay at the Madrid Masters as the Austrian swept through his first ATP match in six weeks.

The back-to-back finalist here in 2017 and 2018 took time off this spring to regain his enthusiasm for his sport amid the restrictive COVID-19 bio-bubble conditions at tournaments.

The two-time Roland Garros finalist showed that no adjustment was needed as he rampaged into the third round  6-1, 6-3 over qualifier Marcos Giron of the US.

“Two weeks ago I was not sure if I’m playing here, and the expectations are still super low,” the winner said.. 

“A win like today is already a big success, because I get a chance to play another match in a top level, so that will help me again for the next weeks.

“If  I’m ready to put in high intensity and high energy, probably I don’t

need that many matches to come back.” .

Thiem set up a fourth career meeting with Alex de Minaur after the Australian advanced when Lloyd Harris retired trailing 6-2, 3-0.

Thiem owns that series 3-0, winning two matches at the US Open and one in Davis Cup three years ago.

“There there was no anxiety, but I was uncertain how things would go,” Thiem said. “I was always practising on the outside courts which are faster and smaller.

“”I was just not sure how it’s gonna be in the match on the big center court.

“But conditions in Madrid are great for me. And I have amazing memories on this court where I’ve played probably some of the best matches of my career. 

“I think that’s why things worked out quite well tonight.”

Thiem faced a qualifier in Giron who had spent three hours on court over two matches. The seed came out refreshed and ready, breaking four times and finishing on a fourth match point.

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