“Maybe two, three years ago I would have been happy if would be that case, but I think the way I'm coming into that tournament, the way I also played the last weeks, the only thing I can focus on is the first rounds,” he said. “I shouldn't focus at all on who is in my quarter or even who is in my half.
“Of course I know that [the] 'Big Three' are all in the [top] half and I think Roger and Novak are even in one quarter, but for myself, it doesn't matter so much. I just basically focus now on the first round.”
That first round will come against Federer’s Geneva conquerer, Spaniard Pablo Andujar.
Despite a semi-final run in Madrid, Thiem's lead-up results amounted to a 4-3 record on clay, including a three-hour epic loss to Lorenzo Sonego in the round of 16 in Rome and a first-round defeat to Cameron Norrie in Lyon.