The austrian Dominic Thiem, third favorite of the tournament Madrid ATP Masters 1000, returned to the competition after a month and a half away from the slopes with a convincing victory over the American Marcos Giron, 6-1, 6-3, and reached the round of 16.
The world’s fourth player, 27, had not played a tournament since the Doha quarterfinals last March. The finalist in the Caja Mágica had a solvent return in 2017 and 2018 against a debutant in this Masters 1,000 who could not find a way to question the superiority of his adversary.
An injury to the right knee had removed the Vienna player from the competition, who after touching the triumph in a Grand Slam three times – twice at Roland Garros and once at the Australian Open -, won the last United States Open United.
Thiem, who makes his sixth appearance in Madrid, the last in 2019 as a semifinalist, did not take an hour to overcome Giron to win his stay in the round of 16, in which he will face the Australian Alex de Miñaur, who beat Australian Lloyd Harris 6-2, 3-0 and quit.