Dominic Thiem would like to win the French Open one day without having to face and defeat Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard seems to be unbeatable on clay in the best of five sets. After losing his second final in a row in Paris against the Spaniard, the Austrian said: "I do not want him to stop but for me, it would be precious if I won the title here one day without beating him.
It's a special era in tennis. The only thing I am focused on is that I am on the right way. I want to play well in Wimbledon and New York too and not get too focused on the French Open. The next goal is Wimbledon, there is a lot of time to relax and prepare for the grass.
The year is full of highlights: after Wimbledon, there are Hamburg and Kitzbuhel where I did not do well last year. I learned from that." Thiem is still happy as, on Sunday, his girlfriend Kristina Mladenovic won the women's doubles title.
"Major titles are always very special, whether it's singles, doubles or mixed." Meanwhile, Thiem's agent Herwig Straka also commented on why the French Open final was not postponed until Monday: "There is a rulebook that says there is no way that it can be played on Monday unless it's rainy.
There are contracts signed with the televisions. I try to get involved in that but of course, there are limits. It's a bit unfair but that's tennis." On Thiem's effort in the event, Straka concluded: "That was not a normal tournament for him, he did a lot on-court and off it too.
He had to be a very strong player mentally and he showed that. He has a personality. That's what we noted in the last weeks and months."