Dominic Thiem recently claimed his maiden grand slam title at the US Open 2020, after a thrilling final with Alexander Zverev. After losing in three Grand slam finals, he finally lifted the trophy in his 4th one. Thiem claims to be under less pressure now that Austrian has achieved one of his goals.
But he is not stopping. Thiem will now be fighting for another slam in Rome. He has lost in two consecutive finals at the French Open in 2018 and 2019 but aims to win this third time.
Thiem this year is one of the favorites at the tournament, along with the legend Rafael Nadal. Spaniard, who is a 12-time champion, will be trying for his 13th title this season.
The most recent slam champion, Thiem, spoke to the Red Bull Content Pool team about his aspirations for the French Open. He answered very modestly when asked how he feels about being the new champion and leading the new world order.
Deposing the ‘Big 3’ from the elite is another question. But he was clear of his idea that his Major triumph did not mean the end of the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
“Being the first ‘new’ Grand Slam winner in what seems like an eternity feels good. However, I will not claim to have ended their dominance.”, The 27-year-old said.
“Novak, Rafa, and Roger remain favorites in every tournament they compete in. Even next week, when the French Open starts in Paris, Nadal and Djokovic are the ones to beat.” Thiem explained.
Thiem became the first player not belonging to the top three after Stan Wawrinka in 2016, to win a Grand Slam title.
“The Circumstances Changed When Novak Djokovic Eliminated”- Thiem
Thiem explained how he put himself under so much pressure, as winning a Grand Slam title was one of his top goals. He had been waiting for this moment for a long time and was always sure he could achieve it!
“The faith that I could win a Grand Slam tournament was something I had long before the US Open. That is why I put myself under so much pressure. Moreover, I harbored the belief that my first Grand Slam victory could happen at this particular US Open throughout the tournament.”, Thiem said, recalling his time during the US open run.
Apart from that, the Austrian also talked about how he felt after the disqualification of Novak Djokovic. The world no.1 had to face elimination after he hit a line judge with a spare ball. Thiem, at that point, knew that there was going to be a new champion.
“Naturally, the circumstances changed when Novak Djokovic eliminated from the tournament. From that moment on, it was crystal clear. there will be a new winner.” Thiem added.