Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem revealed he loved watching 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer as a kid and he was inspired by the Swiss' one-handed backhand. When Thiem started playing tennis, he was watching Federer and trying to copy his style.
Thiem, 28, developed a powerful one-handed and turned into one of the best players on the Tour. "Maybe in terms of the game he was the biggest inspiration obviously thanks to the one-handed backhand because he's the only one of the three, along with Nadal and Djokovic, to have that stroke.
So I tried to copy his style a bit, of course, and then when I started watching tennis, when I was maybe 7–8 years old, he was becoming number one. was therefore a great inspiration for me from the start," Thiem said.
Thiem reflected on the US Open final
Novak Djokovic was chasing to make tennis history and claim a record 21st Grand Slam title and also capture a Calendar Grand Slam. Unfortunately for Djokovic, he lost to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the US Open final and fell short in his attempt to make tennis history.
"Medvedev didn’t care about all that,” Thiem said. “He played sensationally from the beginning to the end, didn’t do anything stupid the whole match and, on top of that, he shot winners right and left.
“In addition, he served really well against the best return player. He completely deserved to win it. With the early break in the first set, he immediately got the momentum on his side and then played at a consistently really, really high level."
Thiem noticed that Djokovic was under so much pressure since a lot was at stake. "On the other hand, you could see the tension Novak Djokovic was under – especially at the last exchange, where he was in tears,” Thiem added.