‘I do not expect miracles’ – Dominic Thiem dismisses his own chances ahead of US Open

Dominic Thiem

World number four Dominic Thiem has dismissed his own chances of winning the US Open, saying that the virus that saw him pull out of the Cincinnati Masters has curtailed his expectations.

The Austrian has two Grand Slam finals to his name: both the French Open and both resulting in defeats to Rafael Nadal, but his US Open record is not the best.

Thiem has never been beyond the quarter-finals, which he achieved last year before running into Nadal again.

He has had some success this season, though, winning Indian Wells in March, as well as titles in Barcelona and Kitzhbuel.

Ahead of his first-round match against Thomas Fabbiano, Thiem said: “Without a doubt, there are much tougher rivals than Thomas Fabbiano in a first round.

“Although I must say that, after overcoming this viral disease, I do not expect miracles.

“Right now I do not consider reaching a quarterfinals or a semifinal. I want to go round to round, looking beyond would be presumptuous.

“In the next few days I will keep my training to a minimum, the goal is to be in perfect shape on Monday.”

Due to his improved world ranking this year, the earliest Thiem could run into his usual nemesis, Nadal, in New York is the semi-finals.

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