World No. 3 Dominic Thiem kept it humble after losing the final at the Nitto ATP Finals as he said he was grateful that he was able to play tennis and earn money in these difficult times the world is facing. Thiem, who claimed his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open, was aiming to also win his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title but he fell just short as Daniil Medvedev recovered from a set down in the final to win 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4.
"If I speak (only) about the tennis, if I speak about my job, I mean, it has been an outstanding year,” Thiem said, as quoted on Tennis Majors. “I have reached one of my big lifetime goals with winning that Grand Slam (at the US Open).
"It was still a very intense year, intense last weeks or actually since the tour returned was super intense, so I haven’t set myself any goals yet for next year. But of course I want to climb up the rankings. This year and also year has been amazing.
I was playing great and had deep runs in many, many big tournaments. That’s what I want to do as well next year, and if I’m able to do that, I think I will also get chances to climb the rankings”.
Thiem says the picture on the ATP Tour remains tight
"Everything is so close,” Thiem noted.
“Rafa and Nole are up there still. Roger is coming back next year. Guys like Dan and Sascha (Zverev), Stefanos, and since this year also (Andrey) Rublev, there are I think six, seven guys who will fight for the top spots the next years”.
Thiem has now finished runner-up in back-to-back years at the Nitto ATP Finals and from the next season, the season-ending event will be taking place in Turin. "I think it is still a very tough year for many, many people.
We athletes, and I’m speaking of tennis players, we are very privileged to do our jobs,” Thiem said. "Even though it’s a tough year, it will always have a special place in my heart this year, 100 percent.
But beside that, I hope that this pandemic is going to come to an end very soon, that people can start to work again, can have a normal life again, and I hope that it’s coming, well, to an end as soon as possible”.