Now that his biggest dream has become a reality, Dominic Thiem is ready to achieve new goals

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Dominic Thiem press conference

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.

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.”

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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.”

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