During his career so far Dominic Thiem has beaten Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer while he never managed to prevail over Novak Djokovic. In an interview with El Mundo, the Austrian was asked what makes these players unique. "The three are amazing athletes", said Thiem.
"Rafa on clay I would say he is the ultimate favourite. He has won 11 French Opens. It's a record for eternity. For some of you, I am the favourite on clay. If we look at the results in the last years on the surface, they are very good.
I know how difficult it is to achieve it. I manage to be more relaxed and accept that even if I lose in the first round it's not too serious because the level is very high. I tell myself that if I am at 100 per cent I am very difficult to beat on the surface."
On his split with his former coach Gunter Bresnik, Thiem added: "It was a lot of time spent together, almost 15 years. I think it's something normal because it happens to everyone: any tennis player and any sportsman, in general, split with his coach.
That was not a special situation. I spent a lot of time with him, which is something different." Thiem has already two titles on his belt having won in Indian Wells defeating the Swiss Roger Federer in the championship clash and in Barcelona having won over Daniil Medvedev.