Dominic Thiem used the word "incredible" to describe Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. After losing in each of his first three Grand Slam finals, Thiem finally became a Grand Slam champion at the 2020 US Open.
But since then, Thiem hasn't won any titles and recently he admitted that he "lost his inner drive" after finally achieving his biggest goal of winning a Grand Slam title. However, Thiem is not the first case when a player wins a Grand Slam and then starts struggling with motivation.
"As I mentioned earlier, I lost my inner drive after winning the US Open title because that was a goal I had been working towards for so many years. For me, Serena and the Big Three are incredible. Winning the biggest tournaments for so long and so many times that it’s just unbelievable.
But we all know that these players are the greatest of all time, perhaps even some of the best athletes of all time," Thiem told Tennis Majors.
Thiem called Williams, the Big Three 'unbelievable'
Thiem hasn't had it easy since the 2020 US Open and a wrist injury he sustained in 2021 June didn't help either.
This year, Thiem is 7-12 on the main level and he was on a five-match losing streak earlier this year. Also, Thiem is now ranked at No 96 in the world. "I have learned that nothing comes easy, and success requires hard work, perseverance, and self-belief.
After winning the US Open, I lost some of my inner drive, having worked towards that goal for 17 years. Then, the injury occurred, and suddenly I wasn’t ranked in the top three or considered one of the best players in the world.
I dropped in the rankings. After much reflection, I found a new goal and reignited my passion for tennis. I love going out on the court, practicing hard, and competing. I strive to improve every day, never giving up," Thiem said.
This week, Thiem isn't competing at the Rome Masters as the Austrian chose to play in front of his home fans at the Mauthausen Challenger.
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