Thiem: 'Beating Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic means a lot every time'

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Thiem: 'Beating Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic means a lot every time'

In an interview with The Times, Dominic Thiem spoke about his four wins over the Big Four this year. "It is very nice. Andy (Murray) is a special situation, of course, but he was playing very well (in Beijing). If he continues like that and he stays injury-free, he is going to be back like the old times.

Against the other three, it was all matches that were very important: Roger (Federer) in the Indian Wells final, Novak (Djokovic) in the French Open semis and Rafa (Nadal) in the Barcelona Open semis. It means a lot to me every single time to beat these legends."

On the next generation, Thiem added: "I feel there is a small group of players who can eventually lead tennis in a similar way. There is Sascha Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, me and other players like Felix Auger-Aliassime.

We are hopefully going to lead the sport soon. I see myself as one player in this group but not really as the shining star." On the ATP Finals in London, Thiem concluded: "When I watched it on television before, I always wanted to play there.

It is a big personal goal each year when I start the season to qualify again because most of the sessions are so loud. Many features of the event are great so I do really love to come back." Djokovic spoke about his origins in Serbia and how he approached tennis: "You may say that it is fate that as a youngster having to hang around for hours while my parents sorted out food and did paperwork, there was a perfect outlet for me and I soon relished going to the courts to play."