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Thiem arrives Australia ahead of 2020 ATP Cup

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World No. 4, Dominic Thiem has arrived in Australia ahead of the 2020 ATP Cup.

Thiem touched down in Sydney on New Year’s Day, three days before Austria begin their ATP Cup campaign against Croatia on Saturday.

“Hi guys, we just arrived in Sydney. We are super excited for the ATP Cup”, the Austrian said on arrival. “New Year’s today; we are really excited, hope to see you soon”.

Austria will compete in Group F alongside Croatia, Argentina and Poland.

Thiem will be looking to build on a career-best 2019, during which he claimed five titles, including a maiden Masters 1000 crown at Indian Wells. He had his customary success on clay, winning Barcelona and Kitzbuhel, and reaching the French Open final for the second straight year, but it was his dramatic improvements on hard courts that really caught the eye.

Under the guidance of Nicolas Massu, the 26-year-old took huge strides on hard courts, with three of his five titles coming on the surface. Apart from Indian Wells, he was also victorious in Beijing and Vienna, while he fell just short at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals.

An excellent tournament in London included wins over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but he could not quite get over the line, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the title match.

Thiem compiled an impressive 49-19 win-loss record in 2019, and finished the season at No. 4 in the world, matching his career-high ranking.