While the Austrian carried that momentum to the ATP Finals, he admitted his confidence this season had taken a hit. Desperate to turn around his fortunes on his best surface, the fourth seed lost in the opening round in Paris for the first time this year.
“I mean, it's amazing to reach such a big goal [winning a major], but at the same time something is different after,” Thiem said.
“As I said before the tournament, it's a big learning process, and despite the loss, which hurts so much, I still hope I can bounce back stronger than before. But, well, right now I don't know when the moment is coming.”
Barty searches for silver lining
It is an extra bitter pill to swallow hitting form leading in, only for injury to strike when it matters most, on a Grand Slam stage. So it was for top seed Ashleigh Barty, who arrived in Paris as a favourite to add to her 2019 trophy, having won the title in Stuttgart and finished runner-up in Madrid with wins over the likes of fellow contenders Aryna Sabalenka and Swiatek.