Álex Corretja analyzes comeback attempts by Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka – that’s what matters now

The match record for 2022 sounds sad: Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem each have 0: 2.

This spring, the Swiss and Austrian are preparing to regain a foothold on the ATP tour after long injury breaks.

Not an easy task: after all, it has washed the 37-year-old Swiss Wawrinka down to a 247th place in the world rankings. Thiem, who is nine years younger, is currently only in 54th place with a sharp downward trend.

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At the Challenger tournament in Marbella, the two Alpine countries recently lost their opening matches: Wawrinka 2: 6, 4: 6 against the Swede Elias Ymer, Thiem 3: 6, 4: 6 against the Argentine Pedro Cachín, who is ranked only 228th in the world.

Wawrinka and Thiem need patience

Shortly after, Wawrinka suffered another defeat in the first round at the Masters in Monte Carlo (6: 3, 5: 7, 2: 6 against Kazakh Alexander Bublik), for Thiem it was similarly bad this week in Belgrade (3: 6, 6 ): 3, 4: 6 against John Millman).

Is it after Eurosport-Expert Álex Corretja, the latest results should not deter any of them. In particular, Thiem has to accept that after almost a year without a win on the tour – the 28-year-old most recently won an official match at the Masters in Rome in May 2021 – the trees can not grow straight into the sky.

“I think Thiem needs to be patient now and realize that this year is a transition year that can only be about playing as many games as possible, maybe 30 or 40, then being really ready for the coming year. . ” , said the 48-year-old Spaniard.

Corretja: Thiem is back in the top 10

For Corretja, however, there is no doubt that Thiem can return to the top of the world if his wrist problems lie behind him.

“He’s still relatively young, he can still go very far in the big tournaments,” said the two-time French Open finalist.

The prerequisite for this, however, is the right mindset. “If he stays patient, he will understand the process he is in right now. It will probably take him four, five months to get back to his old level, but I think he will get back in the top ten” Maybe in a year. I think that is a realistic goal for him, “said Corretja.

It is said that Wawrinka is enjoying his career evening

Things would be different for Wawrinka because of his advanced age. “I think there is a difference between Dominic and Stan. Stan has his career dry for me – everything that comes now is a gift,” said the Eurosport expert. His advice: Just take everything as it comes: “And if he really succeeds in coming back again, it would be incredible.”

For triple Grand Slam winner Wawrinka, it’s now primarily about “being happy with oneself and being able to say again, ‘I give 100 percent of what I still have in mind, and then we’ll see what it is. . ‘”

However, it is not yet clear when Wawrinka will next appear on the tour. He recently canceled the Masters in Madrid (“I take the time I need”), so he will have to wait for his first tour victory since the 2021 Australian Open.

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You will probably first see “Stan the Man” again at the Masters in Rome (from May 8) or his home game in Geneva (from May 15).

For Roland-Garros (live on Eurosport from 22 May), the Swiss could then use his “protected position” to enter the main draw.

Thiem, on the other hand, has signed up for the 250 tournament in Estoril next week and would like to take his next small step back to the old strength there.

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