Now that his biggest dream has become a reality, Dominic Thiem is ready to achieve new goals
Dominic Thiem describes the past 18 months as “phenomenal” and admits there is a weight off his shoulders now that he has won a Grand Slam, but the Austrian also insists he is already looking forward to creating new highlights.
Having finished runner-up at the 2018 and 2019 French Opens and the 2020 Australian Open, Thiem finally won that elusive major at the US Open this year as he beat Alexander Zverev in five sets in the final.
View this post on Instagram
THANK YOU! First of all big thanks to my family, to my team and my partners which have helped me throughout the years to achieve this big dream! Also thanks to all the fans and supporters around the world! I’m super happy and proud to come back to Europe now with this trophy in my pocket!
He didn’t really have time to reflect on his success as Roland Garros followed soon after, but after exiting at the quarter-final stage he was finally able to take time off.
“I feel pretty good again. It was a pretty short period in between the US Open and French Open, but I handled it well,” he told ATPTour.com. “I gave everything I had. Obviously I was completely done after the French Open, so I took off a week where I did nothing and I also had to still reflect on the US Open title.
“Then [I] set myself new goals, of course looking forward to the tournament in Vienna, which every year [has been] a special highlight since I [was] a young kid, since I played here for the first time.”
Now that he has had time to reflect on the past 18 months, the world No 3 feels “a bit more relaxed”, but is also ready to tackle new goals.
“It’s been a really phenomenal 18 months, but also a tough 18 months for myself because I really put a lot of pressure on myself,” he said.
“All of that was not easy and of course I’m super happy that I ended up winning the tournament and my biggest dream, my biggest goal I ever had in my tennis career became a reality. Things are a little bit easier. I’m a little bit more relaxed since that. I’m happy and excited for everything that’s coming up now.”
WATCH: King Richard trailer starring Will Smith as Serena Williams says ‘this should be good’
Nearly time to grab the popcorn for King Richard.
Novak Djokovic closing in on gold at Tokyo Olympics as he admits his ‘level of tennis is getting better and better’
“Best performance of the tournament,” says Djokovic.
Marketa Vondrousova’s dream turns into a reality as she stuns Elina Svitolina to reach final at Olympics
Marketa Vondrousova assured of a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
‘To have the medal for me is the greatest thing,’ says Belinda Bencic after reaching Olympic singles final
Already assured of one Olympic medal, Belinda Bencic gunning for a second.
‘Pressure is a privilege,’ says Novak Djokovic as he explains why the noise ‘won’t wear me down’
“Without pressure there is no professional sport,” says Novak Djokovic.
Fabio Fognini apologies for shouting homophobic slur during Olympics defeat, says ‘heat went to my head’
“I apologise for the nonsense that came out of me,” wrote Fabio Fognini.
Andy Murray’s emotional message as his Olympic dream dies – now what happens next?
“I feel crushed after today’s loss. Sport can be brutal,” wrote Andy Murray.
Paula Badosa leaves court in a wheelchair while Elena Svitolina headlines Olympic semi-final line-up
Final four confirmed for the Tokyo Games.
Olympic medallist insists Novak Djokovic is not under pressure to win gold at Tokyo Games
Novak Djokovic should not put pressure on himself to win at Tokyo Games.
Underarm serves and tweeners as Nick Kyrgios returns with a bang as he wins Atlanta opener
An entertaining return to action from Nick Kyrgios.