Dominic Thiem revealed the biggest regrets he has looking back at this year's French Open four-set final loss to Rafael Nadal. The Austrian player said: "I made a little but serious mistake. After one-set all Nadal was in the bathroom and I stayed on my bench for a too long time.
I just need to be able to be consistent at the best of five sets." Asked if a Major title would be bigger for him if he defeated Federer, Nadal or Djokovic in the final, Thiem replied: "No, because a Grand Slam is too important by itself.
But it's still such a big success every time I win against one of the three greatest." Asked why he plays better on clay than he does on other surfaces, Thiem replied: "I grew up on clay. Until I was 16 or 17 years old, I only played there.
Then in Indian Wells I won my biggest title ever on hard courts, but clay will always be my favorite surface." Analyzing the start of his career, Thiem added: "The critical moment came against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a match in Vienna.
My first match against a top ten player. I lost in the third set tie-break but I felt I was not that far away and that I would reach the top at some point. Anyway, my first year as a professional was really difficult. I was a former world No. 2 junior player and everybody expected me to win."