A long trip to South America hasn't been fruitful for Dominic Thiem who only won one match out of the few he played.
The tennis is simply not good enough as he's getting beaten by players he would smash a few years ago. He understands that but continues to believe he has what it takes to return to where he is. It's good because there are fewer and fewer fans who do so.
"I don't put my opponents in difficulty. If I keep going with this level, everyone will want to play against me. In practice I do a lot of good things, but when I'm in on the court I don't know what happens to me,"
After getting beaten by another struggling player in Garin, Thiem is now 2-8 this year. Up next will be Indian Wells, an event where he was champion not too long ago with a wild card entry allowing him to skip over the qualifiers.
Perhaps playing on hard will be a good thing for him.