After ‘hell of a tournament’ in 2020, Dominic Thiem’s ‘next big goal is the Australian Open’

Dominic Thiem post-match interview

He has already ticked off winning a maiden Grand Slam from his to-do list and now Dominic Thiem has set his sights on the Australian Open.

The Austrian ended the dominance of the Big Three at the majors last year when he won the US Open to become the first man outside of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to win a Grand Slam since 2016.

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Thiem, though, started the 2020 season with a runners-up trophy at the Australian Open after an agonizing five-set loss in the final against Novak Djokovic.

Having “just failed” last year, the world No 3 hopes to go one better at Melbourne Park this year.

“It was a hell of a tournament. It was a hell of a trip,” he said on the AO Countdown.

“The ATP Cup also was super nice. It comes to my mind it was the last big tournament that was normal [before the Covid-19 pandemic].

“I probably played one of my best tournaments ever in my career and well, just failed. I had a lot of time to think about that match think about my chances to ever win a major that was not easy.

He continued: “The next big goal is the Australian Open definitely.

“Also the ATP Cup before but I know how tough and how brutal physically and mentally a first Grand Slam of the year can be. Now I just try to practice well, work hard and keep myself fresh.”

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