Novak Djokovic: 'Dominic Thiem has a tremendous power'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Dominic Thiem has a tremendous power'

In a press conference at the French Open Novak Djokovic commented on the top four seeds reaching the semifinals. The Serbian player said: "It speaks about the quality of the tournament and the quality of the top four guys that reached the last four.

I think it's great to have the top four players competing in the semifinals on the biggest event because it brings even more rivalry, more importance to those matches and to the tournament in general. Look, you know, you mentioned Andy Murray.

I want to say that I'm really pleased to see that he's coming back to the court. He's going to play doubles and hopefully singles very soon after. You know, what has happened with him in the last couple of years, I can, you know, relate to the issues that he had because of I kind of went through my elbow surgery in a similar time.

But, you know, obviously, his injuries are much worse than mine. You know, I have shared the trajectory of my career in a very similar fashion and probably at the same time as Andy, so I feel very connected with him. We are the same age, same generation.

We have known each other for a long time. So it's really nice to see him, on a side note. And Dominic is deservedly where he is, one of the top four guys, especially on clay. That's where he's playing his best tennis.

He's got that tremendous power in his game, especially with forehand and serve. I think backhand also has improved a lot in the last couple of years. Seems like his relationship with Massu has helped him a lot, also mentally, I think, in big matches.

Seems like it has been working really well. If he continues playing this way, not just on clay but in general, I think we will probably be seeing him more often on different surfaces in the final stages of the tournament."