AP: Dominic Thiem's strong forehand, graceful backhand, and hit-which-shot-when calculations helped him win the U.S. Open and reach three more Grand Slam finals
Even if the agony from last year's damaged tendon in his right wrist is gone, his strokes and, most worrisomely, his wherewithal are not what they once were.
After complaining about his forehand, backhand, and first-serve %, Thiem said, "Sometimes I make bad choices during the rally, like drop shots or down-the-line groundstrokes at the wrong time."
His fast exit wasn't the only notable occurrence on Day 1 of the year's second major tennis tournament, which saw full attendance and no masks in the spectators.
Thiem was runner-up to Rafael Nadal in Paris in 2018 and 2019, and to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open in 2020, but his last victory was in May 2021.