The former world No. 1 Chris Evert commented on Dominic Thiem's five-set win over Novak Djokovic and the Austrian's final against Rafael Nadal. "They have similar styles. Thiem really beat Novak on his game. Hitting that drop shots in big points.
Dominic is a different player, his game turned around in the US Open against Nadal and it was the most exciting match. His confidence is growing," said the American on Eurosport. On Ashleigh Barty's win against Marketa Vondrousova in the final, Evert added: "I probably could name eight players who could have been in the final but they deserved it, they were solid.
Barty has got every shot, especially the drop." On Barty, Mats Wilander said: "She most probably felt she was the favorite to win this match but somehow she stayed calm. She has such great tactical skills and she may feel less nerves because she has so many plans.
Australia has so much history and many players always compete in the Australian Open and other Slams. They love tennis more than anything." Barty said: "I think tennis is a very unique sport, that it can happen very quickly and when a lot of girls and guys are at a very young age.
I mean, you can play professionally when you're 13 or 14, I think, officially. So I think, you know, it's about creating your own path, creating your own journey, and embracing it. There's no formula how to, you know, to become a professional tennis player.
It's your own, it's unique, your own journey, your own path, your own experiences. I think the best thing to do is learn from your mistakes, learn from every single experience that you have, whether it's good or bad. That's the only way to go about it, only way to grow as a person and as a player."