Winning his maiden Grand Slam title in the French Open was Dominic Thiem's main goal this year. For the second year in a row, the Austrian player lost to Rafael Nadal in the final. This time, compared to 2018, he won a set.
But what should Thiem improve on in order to finally beat the Spaniard? "I think I could work on technical things, especially the backhand. That was the little difference in the match," said the world No. 4 in a press conference.
Thiem feels confident for the future: "My tournaments schedule is good this year. You can be injury free the whole year. I am avoiding to play in far away places from home. My goal for the rest of the year is to perform well at the time.
Reaching ATP Finals is not the main goal. From Indian Wells I played at a relatively consistent level, except a couple of events. I want to keep doing." Thiem opened his run earlier this week in Kitzbuhel defeating his compatriot Sebastian Ofner.
Speaking to reporters, Ofner took positive from his experience. "This is the best thing you have, you can only learn and take advantage of it. The top 100 rankings are definitely my goal for the rest of the year. I like playing in front of a big crowds like I did here.
What's the biggest difference with Thiem? Definitely the consistency, I played a good point twice, thrice, then a mistake for two consecutive times. That affects you against such players. I have to reduce mistakes."
Thiem won his first title in Kitzbuhel on Saturday. He defeated Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the final. This is the first time since 1993 that an Austrian had won in Kitzbuhel.