World No. 3 Dominic Thiem says the fact that there is no Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the US Open doesn't really matter a lot to him as he claims to be solely focused on his game. Nadal and Federer opted against playing the US Open, while Djokovic was defaulted from his round-of-16 match after hitting a lines women.
The game is set to get a new Grand Slam as none of the remaining players in the US Open draw have a Major in their collection. "Yeah, I mean, there is a difference that none of these three are left in the draw. That's the only difference," Thiem claimed after making the quarterfinal.
"But for me personally, it never mattered. I just always tried to focus on my next match. My focus or my concentration, it's the same. It doesn't matter if I play one of the big three members or if I play somebody else.
"Well, I mean, what happened happened. Nobody of the other players has any or had any influence of that. We just need to focus and focus on ourselves. "Of course, it's probably a little bit of a bigger chance for all of us to win the first slam, but basically the things didn't change that much, at least for myself."
Thiem praises Felix Auger-Aliassime
After handing a straight-set loss to Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (4) 6-1 6-1, the Austrian spoke highly of the rising Canadian star. "For me, you can see it on the court, the way he plays.
First of all, he's already super good now. Second of all, he has still many, many things to improve. That makes it even more dangerous, I guess, if you have so much potential in almost every stroke," Thiem said. "I mean, I played a great match today, the best one from my whole America trip.
So I'm very happy about that. But doesn't change my opinion on what Felix is capable of." Thiem plays next Alex de Minaur and he has had some nice words about the Australian. "Definitely one of the fastest players on tour.
I think that he also is moving not only super fast but also very accurate. That's what makes it even better, his movement," Thiem said. "Played him twice. Kind of these two matches were before he really had his breakthrough.
He improved massively in especially last one and a half, two years I would say. So I'm looking forward to that one. "Well, every opponent of course is really, really great player in the last eight. Now try to enjoy this great win what I had today for some hours, then full focus on the next one."