Dominic Thiem: Tiredness was 100% a factor in French Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal
Dominic Thiem did not want to blame tiredness for his French Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal, but he does believe it was at least a factor.
Thiem lost to the Spaniard in the final for the second year running at Roland Garros to leave him still awaiting his forst Grand Slam career title.
However, the big talking point after the match was the scheduling of the match, with Nadal given an entire day’s rest after his semi-final while the weather forced Thiem to play through what should have been his rest day.
“[Beating Djokovic] was one of my biggest victories in my career, for sure,” Thiem said after the match.
“That’s a unique and also brutal thing, I guess, in our sport, in tennis, that I won six amazing matches. I beat one of the biggest legends of our game.
“Not even 24 hours later, I have to step on court against another amazing legend of our game, against the best clay-court player of all time.
“That also shows how difficult nowadays it is to win a Grand Slam.
“I was feeling so happy [after beating Djokovic], with such a good win, and today, of course I lost.
“I failed to make my biggest dream in my tennis life come true, so I don’t feel that good like yesterday.”
There was some suggestions leading up to the final that it could be put back to the Monday to allow Thiem time to rest, but that never appeared to be under any serious consideration by tournament chiefs.
However, Thiem says his defeat was not entirely down to fatigue.
“I mean, it was a Grand Slam final, so I didn’t feel tired in the match,” he added.
“But at the same time, beating Novak over two days with all the interruption, it leaves traces on the body and also on the mind. That’s 100%.
“The beginning was unbelievable intense of the match. And I dropped a little bit towards the end of the first set.
“Then I played the way I should play in the second set, very aggressive.
“I dropped a little bit my level. I mean, then Rafa, who won this tournament 12 times, he stepped on me.
More from Tennis365:
Andy Murray explains why he sympathises with Naomi Osaka over mental health and media struggles
“I can certainly understand how athletes do struggle with it,” says Andy Murray.
Wimbledon 2021: When does it take place, what’s new, who’s missing, TV channels, betting, prize money
All your Wimbledon 2021 info.
Rafael Nadal ‘exhausted’ and close to ‘mental fatigue’ after draining clay-court season, says his coach
“He is going to take a well-deserved rest,” says Carlos Moya.
No Wimbledon mixed doubles with Serena Williams for Andy Murray as he confirms ‘singles is enough for me’
Andy Murray will play singles for first time since 2017.
Contenders for the Wimbledon women’s title: From Simona Halep to Serena Williams and Coco Gauff
Ten women to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon will look very different this year – here is what to expect at the 2021 Championships
Centre Court will host capacity crowds for the finals.
Contenders for the Wimbledon men’s title: From Novak Djokovic to Roger Federer and a dark horses
Ten players to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon’s home away from home regulation ‘will be very odd’ for British No 1 Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta is one of 14 British players in the singles main draws.
Five Wimbledon talking points: A potential last hurrah for Andy Murray while Serena Williams goes for history
The Championships are back after the 2020 break.
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.