World no. 5 Dominic Thiem has enjoyed a career-best season so far, claiming four titles and earning 40 victories after the latest one against Nikoloz Basilashvili in the third round in Shanghai. The four-time ATP champion in 2019 claimed the title in Beijing last week, adding it to his first Masters 1000 crown at Indian Wells and hoping for more of the same here in Shanghai and the rest of the season.
Happy with the way his game has been evolving, Dominic is ready to take the next step and fight for the Major crown in the years to come, seeking that elusive victory over Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros and feeling he has a shot in Melbourne and New York as well after winning the first Masters 1000 crown on hard court.
"I'm enjoying the best season of my life," said Thiem. "It is not over yet, though, and I want to make it even better. The last thing I need to achieve for a complete breakthrough is to win a Grand Slam title, the ultimate goal for every player.
I know I can compete against the best players and it is nice to challenge them on the big stages. I take Rafa for example, he is playing every point like it is the last one and that's why you have to battle for two or three hours and stayed fully focused if you want to beat him.
I did that in Barcelona and my next challenge is to beat him at Roland Garros. While I was growing up, almost all tennis courts in Austria where on clay and that's why it is my favorite surface. Still, my biggest title so far came on the hard court so nobody knows what would happen.
It is not easy to choose between Grand Slam title or no. 1 spot, both are unbelievable achievements and one comes with another, I think it's now tough to be world number one without winning a Major tournament."