Dominic Thiem: 'I can't beat Djokovic and Nadal every time'


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Dominic Thiem: 'I can't beat Djokovic and Nadal every time'

"Well, I think that to beat these players, Novak, or Rafa, you need to have a little luck and momentum going your way, which wasn't the case today. Some break points for me were a little bit unlucky and some of them I missed, which I usually don't do.

Also, Novak played great in the second set. I broke him in a 15-minute game and he broke back with unbelievable tennis, taking the momentum to his side. In general, it was a good match and I can't beat these guys every single time, so it's fine.

I think it's easy to say that Rafa will always be the toughest to beat on clay, but Barcelona and Madrid are so different. It is very, very fast here, but he's the king of clay, so that's the only answer. Novak's level is always pretty high, I think he played very good today.

I think if he would have played like this the previous tournaments, he wouldn't have this kind of bad results. The closer it comes to the Grand Slams, the better he'll play and we are pretty close to the French Open so he is coming to his 100 percent again.

I like the shot clock, it was a good addition to the game. And it is also okay to take away the first serve from the player if he exceeds the time, I think that's completely fine. It was twice today. One time, he hit me with an ace with the second serve, unbelievable, so that was also not going all my own way.

But, in general, I think this whole rule and also the shot clock is a good thing. I never complain after reaching Masters 1000 semi-final, it's a very good result. I beat three very good players and I lost to Djokovic in two tie breaks.

I won't beat these players every day but it was a very good tournament and now I will enjoy doubles, whatever the outcome is, and then switch full focus on Rome."