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Dominic Thiem says ‘beating Rafael Nadal at RG is not in my hands’, refutes claims his US Open win lacks credibility

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Dominique thiem recently spoke to the media before the start of the 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships. Thiem touched on several topics, including the prospect of facing Raphael Nadal at Roland Garros, and also explained why he thinks his US Open triumph deserves all the credit.

Dominic Thiem has faced Rafael Nadal 15 times in his career, winning six times. However, the Austrian never managed to get the upper hand over Nadal at Roland Garros.

In their four meetings in Paris, Dominic Thiem won a grand total of one set. During his press conference in Dubai Thiem spoke at length about the challenge of beating Nadal, calling it “one of the hardest things to do in tennis”.

According to Dominic Thiem, even if you are absolutely flawless against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, we still have to hope that the Spaniard lowers his level.

“I mean, it’s just one of the hardest things to do in tennis; in sport in general,” Thiem said of the victory over Nadal at Roland Garros. “So I think everything has to be perfect that day. And I think the only way is to improve in general to work on improving all aspects of the game.”

“Playing perfect tennis on clay is now the only chance,” added the Austrian. “But even then, I think it’s not in my hands; it’s still in his, (so we have) to hope he doesn’t have the best day. So I think he does. ‘there are so many things that have to work to have a chance out there. “

Moving on to his first Grand Slam victory at the 2020 US Open, Dominic Thiem claimed his title race was no small feat even though he hadn’t faced it. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.

Dominic Thiem with his US Open 2020 title

To make his point, Dominic Thiem referred to the pre-Big 3 era and questioned whether tournaments that players won before the mid-2000s carried less weight than they do now.

“Nobody knows if I would have won it but hey, I have the title that’s all that matters,” said Thiem. “And of course also, Big 3 are Big 3. But I mean, there was also a time before them; nobody asks if a Grand Slam title back then was worth less or more or as much as it is now.”

“No, I mean, a Grand Slam title is worth the same all the time, and you just don’t have to think about it,” he added. “Because, well, my name is there on the trophy and it will always be and it doesn’t matter who I beat there or who was there or whatever.”

My foot injury gets a bit worse on the hard court: Dominic Thiem

Dominique thiem
Dominique thiem

Dominic Thiem’s ​​foot has been a real source of trouble for the 27-year-old in recent months. There have been instances where Thiem has had to withdraw from tournaments (Paris Masters), and times he hasn’t been able to play at his best (against Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open).

When asked to Dominic Thiem if his injury got worse while playing on hard courts, the Austrian replied in the affirmative. Thiem then described the extent of his injury, revealing that it is a condition that plagued him from a young age.

“Yeah, sure, I mean on hard ground it’s a little worse like on clay,” Thiem said. “I can slide it around. And it’s, it’s a much smoother surface. But I mean, I am, I’ve had a little pain there for many years, in fact, for a very long time. young age. And that’s why it doesn’t bother me too much. ”

“Sometimes it’s worse, sometimes it’s better,” added the Austrian. “But at the moment, it doesn’t look like it’s a bigger problem. And I hope it stays that way.”

Posted on March 14, 2021 at 6:38 PM IST



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