Thiem: 'To be on top with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is a big honor'

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Thiem: 'To be on top with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is a big honor'

After his China Open title win, Dominic Thiem became the third player in the season to win four titles besides Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The Austrian was asked what it means to him. "First of all, it's great to win four titles in one season.

I only made it once. Of course, it's a big honor to be on top with Rafa and Novak, true legends of our game. All four titles which I won this season are very big titles, very special titles to me. A 1000, two strong 500s, then my first title on home soil.

It's been so far the best season of my career, that's for sure. A big honor to be with them on the top of the list this year." Speaking of FC Chelsea recent results, Thiem added: "They are doing great now.

They have a very young team, the youngest team since a very long time. They have a true legend as a coach. He was one of the biggest reasons why I became a fan of this club. I'm very excited to watch all the matches. They are always in my heart."

On his triumph in Beijing, the 26-year-old concluded: "I've only faced top, top guys in this China Open. As I said before, the draw was amazingly strong. They are even much younger than me, so I cannot say they are the same generation.

I don't get extra motivation if I play against them. I'm really motivated in every match. We have a great rivalry with these guys, with Stefanos, with Sascha, Karen. I hope we'll play lots of finals also in the future in big tournaments like that. Hope that we soon also going to make it to the Grand Slam stages."