In his first tour-level match since June, Dominic Thiem fell in three sets to John Millman 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round in Belgrade on Tuesday.
“I can’t claim it was one of my biggest wins because he is just coming back from injury and I know how hard that is, coming back from three surgeries myself,” said Millman who once beat Roger Federer at the US Open.
“I know it has been tough for Domi but the game is better having him back. Especially on this surface.”
Thiem was returning from a right wrist injury and later surgery that kept him off the courts until earlier this month when he return to pro tennis at the Marbella Challenger. But he lost first round there, too, and then tested positive for COVID.
The likeable team was not at his best, but he’ll now head to Estoril next week to resume his comeback.
Tomorrow, 3-time winner in Belgrade Novak Djokovic opens play against countryman Laslo Djere in a first-time meeting.
Djokovic is just 2-2 on the year and this his fifth event of the season.
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