Dominic Thiem planning on returning at the Monte Carlo Masters

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Dominic Thiem is one of the better clay-court players on the ATP tour. (AP)

Dominic Thiem should be fit to return at Monte Carlo, according to his coach, Gunter Bresnik.

Thiem, who has not played since experiencing a small ankle fracture at Indian Wells, had a four-hour training session this week.

"That was very demanding, though he is not serving that much yet," Bresnik told APA. "But he is now completely free of pain for ten days."

Thiem defeats Bedene to win the Argentina Open:

He added that Thiem's condition could not be fully assessed until he returns to competition.

"First Dominic has to play a match and a tournament," said Bresnik. "Then you will know if the injury is recovered."

The 24-year-old Austrian was one of the tour's top clay-court players in 2017, defeating Rafael Nadal at Rome and reaching the semifinals of the French Open.

Thiem has dropped to the No. 7 ranking.

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