Thiem: The US Open match against Rafa Nadal boosted my confidence

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Thiem: The US Open match against Rafa Nadal boosted my confidence

Dominic Thiem proved to be a great hard-courter in the last few weeks first losing to Rafael Nadal in five sets in the US Open quarter-finals and then winning his first indoor hard-court title at the St. Petersburg Open defeating Martin Klizan in the final in straight sets.

Commenting on his achievement, Thiem said: 'I didn’t have so many good results over the last two years on hard court in general. And then there was that match against Rafael Nadal in New York and I saw that I can beat the best players in the world also on hard.

I took this confidence with me here in St. Petersburg and I’m very happy that it’s already paid off in the first tournament after New York on hard court. Of course, I will go to the to next tournaments on this surface or indoor with even better confidence than before.

It should also help me to play well again at my home tournament in Vienna, then in Paris and hopefully in London.' Thiem also said he will practice this week, in order, 'to work on new things and then I will go to Shanghai in very fresh condition so that I could make important points there.

But in general I’m feeling very good, because the period before New York I was ill a little bit and I didn’t play. So I can play more now, because I’m fresh mentally and physically, so there shouldn’t be a problem.' ALSO READ: 'Roger Federer should never play on clay again' - Andy Roddick