Dominic Thiem claims Novak Djokovic is the “absolute top favorite” at Wimbledon and explains how his wrist injury occurred.

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Dominic Thiem believes Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to win Wimbledon for the sixth time this year, but that Roger Federer should never be underestimated.

The Austrian chose his favorites for the current Championships during a recent interview with Sky Sports, with Novak Djokovic topping the list. Thiem, who is unable to compete at Wimbledon due to a wrist injury sustained last month, believes Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Matteo Berrettini, and Roger Federer are also contenders.

“Novak is unquestionably the favorite,” Thiem stated. “Sascha, Medvedev, and Berrettini all have the potential to be dangerous. Federer should never be underestimated. He’s a legend and a fantastic player. The matchups are something I’m looking forward to. I’d rathe rathe rathe rathe rathe

Thiem sustained a wrist injury late in the first set of his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino in Mallorca. The 27-year-old said he “cracked” his wrist when he was late on a forehand.

“In Mallorca I hit a forehand too late, I tried to play the ball into the court by snapping my wrist and it quite cracked,” said Thiem. “I never had problems with my wrist before so I felt right away it might be more serious. Unfortunately it turned out to be true.”

The World No. 5 claimed he was not permitted to carry out any fitness activities barring “abs and back exercises” in the aftermath of his injury. However, Thiem revealed he would soon resume running in a bid to regain his endurance.

“I wasn’t allowed to do anything for the first few days except abs and back exercises, now I can slowly start running again,” continued the Austrian. “I’m trying to get my endurance back to a good level so that, as soon as I’m allowed to pick up the racket again, I’m 100% physically.”

Thiem pointed out that he would not rush back onto the court as he stands the risk of picking up another injury. The Austrian hopes to reach “100%” before he resumes racket training.

“Otherwise it could happen that other parts of the body start to hurt and I want to avoid that. If my physical fitness is at 100% when I step back on court, it will take me less time to reach a reasonably good level again. I want to bring everything to the best possible level.”

“I watch a lot of Wimbledon and every match at the Euros” – Dominic Thiem on how he spends his days

Dominic Thiem revealed he has been occupying himself by watching “a lot of Wimbledon” as well as the European Championship in football.

The Austrian, who has been advised not to resume training for another month or so, said he plans to utilize his free time by beginning “new projects” with his new management agency Kosmos Holding.

“I watch a lot of Wimbledon and every match at the Euro,” Thiem said. “I also want to use the time to start new projects with my new management. Of course also to spend lots of time with friends, family, in the nature, and do things for fun like attending F1.”




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