‘I do not expect miracles’ – Dominic Thiem dismisses his own chances ahead of US Open
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.
R1: 🇮🇹Thomas Fabbiano
R2: 🇰🇿Alexander Bublik
R3: 🇬🇧Kyle Edmund
R4: 🇫🇷Gael Monfils
QF: 🇬🇷Stefanos Tsitsipas
SF: 🇪🇸Rafael Nadal
F: 🇷🇸 Novak Djokovic
— Lukas Zahrer (@ZahrerLukas) August 22, 2019
“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.
Toronto Masters: How to watch the Canadian Open women’s singles
What a day in Toronto!
Montreal Masters: How to watch Cameron Norrie in action
Cameron Norrie is the first of three Brits in action in the singles in Montreal today.
Mike Tyson marvels at transformative power of tennis
Mike Tyson’s daughter Milan is a budding tennis star.
Coco Gauff moves on but Emma Raducanu suffers first-round exit in Toronto
The British number one was beaten 7-6 (0) 6-2 by Camila Giorgi but fellow teen sensation Coco Gauff moved on.
Nick Kyrgios has mixed feelings ahead of Daniil Medvedev showdown
Nick Kyrgios faces a test of his rich vein of form.
Cameron Norrie carries British hopes in Montreal as Andy Murray falls
Norrie is chasing his third ATP Tour title of the year after going down in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev in the final in Los Cabos.
Serena Williams retirement: Greg Rusedski not discounting ‘box office’ Serena to retire on a high at US Open
Serena Williams to bow out on a high by winning the US Open?
Serena Williams retirement: Tennis might never see such a remarkable icon ever again
The remarkable career of Serena Williams is drawing to a close.
Serena Williams’ greatest milestones as she prepares to bid farewell: Open Era Grand Slam record, prize money
Serena Williams has had quite a career.
Serena Williams confirms she will retire after US Open, but doesn’t want ‘ceremonial, final on-court moment’
Time to shed a tear or two, the great Serena Wiliams is to retire after the US Open.