Dominic Thiem defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets to reach the French Open semifinals. In a press conference, the 25-year-old said he was satisfied with his progress. "I think every match I got better and better. First, two opponents were very tough because they also didn't give any rhythm, and they didn't have anything to lose.
So these were two very tough matches. From the third round on, it got a lot better. And for sure the match against Gaël and also today was very good. I'm happy with the way I'm playing. I'm fourth time now in the semifinals.
And I was playing Djokovic, Nadal, Cecchinato, Djokovic, which is really tough. And that's what I always said. I mean, it's incredibly difficult to win a Grand Slam. Because especially for us players who didn't have one yet, because if everything goes quite normal, we have to beat two players with 15 or more Grand Slams.
So I think everybody can imagine how difficult this is. But I will step on the court tomorrow, try everything, of course, give everything. I hope it's going to be positive in the end, but the challenge is huge. Novak is in very good shape again, probably playing the best tennis of his life.
I'm in the semifinals with maybe the three best players of all time, so everybody can see how tough the way it is for me." On the top four seeds all reaching the semifinals, Thiem said: "If something like that happens, it's also a little bit of luck.
I mean, I think all of -- or me, I also had some tough moments in the first two rounds where it could also go the other way. But, well, it says nothing, I would say. It's just luck. It happens, I don't know, once in five years that the top four seeds of a tournament are ending up in the semifinals together. But for me it's amazing. As I said, I'm in the company with maybe the three best players of all time."