Dominic Thiem hopes to finally put the boot in on a minor foot injury which has troubled him since last autumn.
The world No. 3 and top seed at the Qatar Open admitted his niggle didn’t help during his quarter-final upset loss to Roberto Bautista Agut to exit in the Gulf.
The Austrian admitted the problem has plagued him since his home event in Vienna last October where he suffered with heavy blistering.
“It’s nothing too bad, but I feel it almost in every match,” he said.
“(I’ve had) a little damage on both feet since a very young age. Of course, it’s sometimes a little bit painful but nothing to worry about.
“I feel it’s almost in every match, and I will be able to deal with it.”
Thiem is due to play next week as top seed in Dubai.