Auger Aliassime Top Seed In Estoril; Thiem Resumes Comeback

by Staff | April 24th, 2022, 10:13 pm
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Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime will be a top seed headlining this week’s stop in Estoril.

The 21-year-old Auger-Aliassime will make his debut at the event and he’ll hope his second stint as a top seed works out better than his first when he lost second round at Marrakech earlier this month.

Auger-Aliassime hasn’t made a clay final since Lyon and Rio in 2019. He’ll be joined by formidable men on this surface like Diego Schwartzman, defending champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Sebastian Korda and Monte Carlo finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

After an 0-2 start to his comeback, Dominic Thiem is back in action looking for some positivity on his favorite surface. The Austrian opens with Benjamin Bonzi with Korda potentially in the second round.

“I feel much better already than Belgrade. The improvement is there every single day,” Thiem said. “In practice points I’m still having troubles — not with the wrist, the wrist is fine also in points — but all the movement, all the reaction, all the anticipation, I’m still not 100% yet. It will take many more matches until I’m back at the top level there. So I’m not feeling capable of winning this tournament.

“But every match is super important for me now. I’m going to try my best, I’m going to fight 100% from the first to the last point, even when I’m not playing my best tennis, which can happen. And that’s it. I have low expectations this week and also the next ones to come. But obviously I’m trying everything to win and I’m going to see what comes out at the end.”

Marin Cilic, Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul are also seeded.

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One Comment for Auger Aliassime Top Seed In Estoril; Thiem Resumes Comeback

lylenubbins Says:

For some reason, I’m getting bad vibes about Thiem. He says all the right things but he was out for almost a year while constantly posting on social media. He seems mentally not up to the challenge of coming back. Hope I’m wrong.

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