Dominic Thiem: 'I want to beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer in..'



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Dominic Thiem: 'I want to beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer in..'

Talented and promising junior Dominic Thiem needed a couple of years on the Tour to show his full potential. Thiem entered the top-10 following a notable result at Roland Garros 2016 and stayed in the exclusive group ever since to become one of the Tour's most consistent players.

After two Roland Garros semi-finals in 2016 and 2017, Dominic reached the title match in 2018 and 2019, proving his quality on the most significant scene and losing both to Rafael Nadal to miss the trophies but gather experience.

The Austrian became the most dangerous rival of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the last couple of years, scoring 16 victories over the world's best players and reducing the gap on the ATP ranking list.

Dominic had a massive opportunity to lift the first Major trophy a year ago, leading two sets to one against Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final before falling in five sets. Returning stronger at the US Open, Dominic used the fact that none of his biggest rivals were on his path towards the trophy, going all the way to embrace a Major glory at 27.

In the final, Thiem lost the opening two sets to Alexander Zverev in no time and had to work hard to get back on the scoreboard in sets three and four. The deciding set provided a thrilling battle and Zverev had everything in his hands, serving for the victory before losing the decisive tie break and hand the trophy to the Austrian.

Dominic lost an epic Roland Garros quarter-final clash to Diego Schwartzman in over five hours and failed to reach the semis for the first time in five years in Paris.

Dominic Thiem won the first Major title at the US Open 2020.

Making a fresh start at the ATP Finals in London, Thiem played well to beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, advancing into the second straight final at this event and suffering a tight loss to Daniil Medvedev.

The Austrian completed the season inside the top-3 for the first time, working hard during the pre-season to get ready for 2021. Thiem would love to fight for more Major trophies in the season ahead of us and beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer en route to the title.

"Would the title have meant more if I could have beaten one of the big three on the way? A Major victory is a Major victory. Otherwise, one would have to say that all the titles before the Big 3 are worthless. But of course, I still want to win a title where I can beat one or maybe two of them," Dominic Thiem said.