Dominic Thiem: 'Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg are very experienced'



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Dominic Thiem: 'Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg are very experienced'

The US Open champion Dominic Thiem has taken another step forward in 2020, finishing the season inside the top-3 for the first time. The 27-year-old Austrian had a rock-solid year, reaching the Australian Open final and wasting two sets to one advantage against Novak Djokovic to settle with the runner-up prize.

Seven months later, Dominic advanced to another Major final at the US Open, finding himself in a very tough position against Alexander Zverev, who claimed the opening two sets in 80 minutes. The Austrian bounced back and survived a thrilling closure of the decider to overpower the German and claim the first Major crown at 27.

After two straight Roland Garros finals in 2018 and 2019, Thiem couldn't reach another title match in Paris, losing a memorable quarter-final to Diego Schwartzman in over five hours. Dominic finished the season at the ATP Finals, beating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in tight battles to reach the final for the second straight year, facing Daniil Medvedev in the last match of the season.

The Russian came from a set down to notch a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 triumph, leaving the Austrian empty-handed ahead of their possible duel at the Australian Open in January or February, both seeking the ATP throne in the upcoming year.

While we don't have much information about the 2021 schedule, the Laver Cup confirmed Dominic Thiem as the second player who will fight for Team Europe alongside Roger Federer. The fourth edition of the prominent team event occurs between September 24-26 in Boston TD Garden next year, and the Austrian will fight for the blue squad for the third time.

The coronavirus canceled this year's event and moved it to 2021, with the organizers hoping to gather a strong field, like in Prague, Chicago and Geneva.

Dominic Thiem will play alongside Roger Federer at the 2021 Laver Cup in Boston.

Thiem will compete at the Laver Cup for the first time outside Europe, fighting alongside Federer and others in 2017 and 2019.

In Prague, Thiem defeated John Isner in a thriller, returning two years later in Geneva to score another exciting victory over Denis Shapovalov before losing to Taylor Fritz. Dominic was thrilled to secure a place in Team Europe for the third time, saying the players always have fun together during those three days.

Also, he mentioned Roger Federer and the team captain Bjorn Borg, stating there's a lot to learn from them and their vast experience. "It's so cool to be competing as part of a team with guys I'm usually facing across the net.

We have so much fun together, and I learn a lot from Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg, who have so much experience," Dominic Thiem said.