Zverev and Thiem are great friends and they contested the US Open final a few years ago when Zverev lost a 2-0 lead to Thiem for whom that is his only grand slam triumph. Both have struggled with injuries lately albeit Thiem was able to get back to a solid level in recent weeks.
For Zverev that struggle is coming up in the next few months with the exhibition in Saudi Arabia his first stop. He is excited:
“I’m just looking forward to being back on court being back on a competitive court because it’s been a very long time for me. The best players in the world are there so it’s gonna be high level tournament and I think everybody’s in form because they’re still either coming from Davis Cup or they just came from the ATP Finals so everybody will still be playing great tennis and I hope I can keep up with them.”
He's also excited to see Thiem again:
“I’ve also missed those guys to be honest even though we’re competitors but I have great friends there as well. You know, I missed seeing those guys on tour. I feel like me and Dominic, we haven’t seen each other for almost two years now because he was injured 2021 And I was injured to the 2022. So we missed each other in a way."