At the press conference of the ATP Cup the Austrian Dominic Thiem said: "These Australian Open are different than in previous years. We all come from a long quarantine and there will be less audience than in the past. There is no Roger Federer, but there will be Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, always main favorites.
All the fans are happy with Federer's return to Doha, this is one of the last weeks we won't see him. Of course, without Roger we will surely have one less formidable opponent." The tennis player also spoke of his willingness to play the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games and in this regard he stated: "If you can play, I certainly will.
Compared to the past I have changed my mind about the Olympic Games, especially by reviewing those of 2016. Seeing my opponents compete for a medal is something incredible and I think this is one of the biggest goals for my career, this year in Tokyo or Paris in the 2024."
His debut in 2021 was not the best with the two-set defeat against Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini, but after the bad experience in the ATP Cup, world number three Dominic Thiem wants to restart and relaunch his ambitions at the Australian Open 2021 .
Last year he only lost in the final to number one Novak Djokovic, but Thiem is now energized and is among the main favorites to win. In the press conference Thiem dealt with many issues, starting from the anomalous situation that all tennis players are facing in Australia up to the absence of Roger Federer.
The twenty-time winner of Grand Slam titles has been missing from the circuit for over a year, we have seen him play his last official match against Novak Djokovic in the semifinal of this Grand Slam in 2020 and his return has now been announced for March, in the tournament Doha ATP.
Dominic Thiem is together with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev among the favorites for the final victory of the Australian Open and by winning in Melbourne Dominic would conquer his second career Grand Slam title.
ATP in Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road Open will be the first all-Italian final since 1988. The seventh in history, the second outside Europe, among other things also the first on hard courts. Thanks to Stefano Travaglia and Jannik Sinner.
The twenty-nine year old from the Marche region, who had started the season with the quarter-finals in Antalya, after the very tiring successes against Roberto Carballes Baena, Sam Querrey, Aleksandr Bublik and Hubert Hurkacz, also managed to overcome the fateful litmus test against Thiago Monteiro.
Realistically the least competitive of the package. Travaglia loses the first two games, yes, but he wins nine of the ten hits and from 6-3 3-1 he simply manages. Needless to say, it will be the first career final in the ATP Tour.
It will not be a first time for Jannik Sinner (former champion at the Next Gen Atp Finals and above all in Sofia a handful of months ago) back from the double commitment on Friday and with the gasoline hand worryingly close to zero.
Despite all the South Tyrolean talent, who wins the tie break of the first set thanks to the massive contribution of the service and who finds himself catapulted to the deciding set, he breaks off in the score at the start of the third with a splendid forehand recovery, cancels the four break points that puts on the plate in the following four rounds of service, but does not take advantage of a 30-0 advantage when called to serve for the match, but Sinner builds the point of 3-1 during the tie break with a backhand winning line, decisive blow both on 4-4 and on 5-4, and at the threshold of three hours of play it goes to 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-6 (4).
Daniel Evans and Felix Auger Aliassime will contend for the Gippsland Trophy (Murray River Open) title. Respectively winners over Jeremy Chardy - who had taken advantage of Stan Wawrinka's retirement - and Corentin Moutet.
The Canadian talented player will go in search of his first title in the major circuit after six consecutive defeats in the final collected between Rio (in 2019) and Cologne, obviously last year. Sinner, on an individual level he boasts 1 ATP title, out of two finals played, won in Sofia in 2020, thanks to which, at 19 years and 2 months, he became the youngest Italian tennis player to have won a tournament in the Open era.
 In the Grand Slam trials he reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2020, also in this case being the earliest tennis player in his country to go so far in a Major. He boasts 36th position as best ranking, reached on January 4, 2021, thanks to which he currently figures as the best placed tennis player among the Under 20s.