Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem revealed when he made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the French Open in 2016 he started believing he could one day become a Major champion. This past Sunday, No. 2 seed Thiem staged a big comeback against Alexander Zverev in the US Open final as he came back from two sets down to beat the fifth-seeded German 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (6).
“Well, when I first realized that maybe one day I could really win a major was when I first broke into the semis of Roland Garros, when I broke into top 10. From that moment on I dreamed about it. I thought that it’s maybe realistic,” Thiem said.
“Back then I thought my biggest chances by far are on clay. But then the end of last year somehow changed a lot of things when I won Beijing, when I won Vienna, when I played the great Nitto ATP Finals. Then I realized that my game is suiting the hard courts really well.
“Of course, since I’m working with Nico, we improved my game on hard court a lot. Also changed my mind that many shots are working great on that surface. So I think my best major until now US Open, I played in Australia.
Now it’s not for me that big surprise any more that it’s not the French. “At the end it doesn’t matter to me. Main thing is that I have one of these four now.”
Thiem admits his life goal has been achieved
Previously, Thiem lost two French Open finals and earlier this year he ended runner-up at the Australian Open.
“Yeah, definitely I achieved a life goal, a dream of myself, which I had for many, many years. Of course, as a kid, as well, when I started to play tennis. But back then it’s so far away,” Thiem admitted. “Then I got closer and closer to the top.
At one point I realized that, Wow, maybe one day I can really win one of the four biggest titles in tennis. “I put a lot of work in. I mean, I dedicated basically my whole life until this point to win one of the four majors.
Now I did it. That’s also for myself a great accomplishment. “I mean, it’s by far not only myself, it’s an accomplishment from all my team, from all my family. I guess also today is the day where I gave back huge amount of what they did for me.”