‘I have the title and that’s all that counts,’ says US Open champ Dominic Thiem as he hits back at critics

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Dominic Thiem crowned 2020 US Open champion

Dominic Thiem has shrugged off suggestions that his US Open title is devalued as he didn’t have to beat any of the Big Three en route to winning the trophy at Flushing Meadows.

The world No 3 broke Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s stranglehold on the Grand Slams when he won his maiden major, the US Open, in September 2020.

However, Thiem didn’t face any of the Big Three as Federer was absent due to injury, Nadal opted not to travel to the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic while Djokovic was disqualified in the fourth round after accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball.

The Austrian beat Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final before overturning a two-set deficit to beat Alexander Zverev in the final.

Some of have questioned the credibility of his title, but Thiem is not bothered.

“Nobody knows if I would have won it, but, well, I have the title and that’s all that counts,” he said. “Of course, the Big Three is the Big Three but there was also a time before them and nobody asks if Grand Slam titles were worth more or less back then and the same applies now.

“A Grand Slam title is always worth the same, so there is really no need to even think about it. After all, my name is on the trophy and it always will be. It doesn’t really matter who I beat and who was or wasn’t there.”

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