The newest addition to the Grand Slam singles champions is Dominic Thiem after he won the US Open 2020. In the absence of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and the unfortunate disqualification of Novak Djokovic, Thiem came out to be the champion, after a spectacular final against alexander Zverev.
Recently, the Austrian answered a bunch of questions, 946 to be precise, on the topic ‘competitors’. He has met a number of competitors all throughout his career, some of who he has seen as role models and others as rivals.
One of the people he talked about is the British professional Andy Murray. Contrary to his recent comment about Murray, Thiem talked very highly of the Briton when answering the questions.
When they asked him about Murray being a big champion, he agreed and praised his(Murray) style of play and behavior on the court. Moreover, he revealed how he loved watching the star on TV before he joined the tour himself.
“In the years before joining the tour myself, I used to love watching him on TV. His game is simply attractive, his demeanor on court offers entertainment.”, Thiem said.
“It Was An Important Moment In My Career”- Thiem on His First Win against British Star
Talking about their on-court competition, their fight in Barcelona in 2017 was the best according to the 27-year-old. It was the first time Thiem took the win against Murray and winning against a then world no.1 made it more special. This according to world no.3 was his best moment against Andy Murray.
“This was definitely my first win against him in Barcelona in 2017, it was an important moment in my career: for the first time I was able to beat the current number one player.”, Thiem replied.
Theim who has confessed he looked up to Murray as a role model, recently made a comment contrary to this statement. Before going into the finals of the US open 2020, Thiem joked about having to call Andy Murray to know what to do after losing the first four Grand Slam finals if he loses the final to Zverev. He called out the Briton who has lost in four grand slam finals in his career and joked around.
“If I win I have my first. If not, I slowly have to call Andy Murray [to see] how it is with 0-4.”, Thiem commented.