Dominic Thiem says he wished his grass-court season could have been long after he played just the one match on the surface this year. Thiem is back on more familiar ground on the clay of the Hamburg European Open – where he recorded the 250th match win of his career on Tuesday.
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That puts the Austrian at an impressive 24-10 for the season, but his grass-court record will again be a losing one after he crashed out of Wimbledon at the first round stage this year. Thiem, who won only one of his three grass-court matches in 2018, will probably not play on the turf again until 2020 but claims he is fond of the surface.
“I wish that the grass-court season would have been longer,” he said after his 6-3 7-6(7-3) win over Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. “I also love this surface, but it was only one match, unfortunately. So, I hope that I can do it better next year. I’m back on clay for two weeks and the two last weeks of the year, so I’ll try to enjoy them as much as possible.”