Dominic Thiem admits he was ‘over the limit’, but insists ‘I’m not sad with my performance at Roland Garros’
Dominic Thiem revealed he had nothing left in his tank during his five-set defeat to Diego Schwartzman at the French Open, but says it “hurts a little bit less” losing to a close friend.
It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Thiem as he won his maiden Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows on September 13, beating Alexander Zverev in five sets.
The Austrian didn’t play any tournaments in the build-up to Roland Garros and, after winning his first three matches in three sets, he was taken the distance by Hugo Gaston in the fourth round.
He admitted after the Gaston clash that he was running on empty and then Schwartzman took him to five sets too with the Argentine winning 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in just over five hours.
Great effort, @ThiemDomi!
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) October 7, 2020
“I was over the limit today. If I would have won maybe I would have recovered,” he said. “Even though I’m physically and mentally on the edge, you never know in a Slam.
“In the end I gave everything I had out there. It was an amazing match. I think the first in my career over five hours. Diego fully deserves it.”
He added: “In general, I’m not sad with my performance here in Roland Garros.
“I mean, it was a pretty short time with the long trip home, jet lag, and everything. Then, of course, the first Slam, which is a special thing. Come here, play in pretty brutal conditions, I would say. I cannot say it was a bad tournament, I’m pretty happy about it.
“I think if I would have wanted to win that match, I should have done it in four. In the fifth set, he was just a little bit more fresh and better than me.”
However, losing against a good friend took some of the pain away.
“I’m happy for him. Maybe to lose against a friend hurts a little bit less, yeah,” the world No 3 said.
From Simona Halep to Coco Gauff – The contenders for the women’s Wimbledon title
Ten women to watch at the All England Club.
No queues or courtside autographs – What to expect from a new-look Wimbledon
Centre Court will host capacity crowds for the men’s and women’s finals.
From Novak Djokovic to Roger Federer – Contenders for the men’s Wimbledon title
Ten players to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon is ‘very odd’ home away from home for British hopeful Johanna Konta
Konta is one of 14 British players in the singles main draws for this year’s Championships.
5 talking points ahead of Wimbledon’s return to the sporting calendar
The championships are back after the 2020 break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ons Jabeur creates a slice of tennis history with a win in the LTA Viking Classic
Ons Jabeur earned herself a place in the history books with her 7-5 6-4 win over Daria Kasatkina in the LTA Viking Classic final.
Shock result in Halle Open final as Andrey Rublev is beaten
Ugo Humbert stunned world number seven Andrey Rublev in straight sets to lift the Halle Open title.
Coco Gauff looks ahead to a return to the scene of her greatest triumphs
The American’s career took off in 2019 when she made it to the fourth round at SW19.
Matteo Berrettini ends hopes of a new British winner at Queen’s Club
Norrie, 25, was attempting to become only the second Brit to win at Queen’s, after Andy Murray, since the Second World War.
Exclusive – Annabel Croft urges tennis players not to treat the media as their enemy
Former British No.1 Annabel Croft fears some…