Dominic Thiem says ‘the pressure has now gone’ as he targets another Grand Slam crown
Dominic Thiem says he is heading into Roland Garros without the pressure that has previously restricted him.
The Austrian made a major breakthrough at the US Open earlier this month when he won his maiden Grand Slam title.
Thiem has lost in the final of the French Open in the last two years, both to Rafael Nadal, so he would have been one of the favourites regardless.
However, he says he feels better equipped than ever to go the distance in tennis’ biggest events.
“I hope to carry this momentum that I got with my win there and use it in Paris,” Thiem said upon his return to Austria.
“I hope and expect from me to be better and more relaxed now.
“Even if I did not want to say it to myself I had been playing the last few Grand Slams under a lot of pressure. But now this is gone.”
That view is shared by Thiem’s coach Nicolas Massu, who is expecting to see a more mature player in Rolland Garros.
“I think this will help Dominic to be more calm because everyone talks a lot about the new generation,” he said.
“Now he is going to be more calm playing in the next Grand Slam.”
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