Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem admitted it wasn't easy at all playing Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the beginning of his career but after a while he got more relaxed and started approaching matches against the Big Three like he should.
Thiem has been one of the best players in the world for the past five years and he has had many battles against the Big Three. “The first few matches against the Big Three were really, really tough because you know them from TV, you love them pretty much all of them and you want to be like them, and then it doesn't take long for you to suddenly find yourself facing them.
You don't just have to defeat them on the court, but also defeat their legendary status," Thiem explained, per We Love Tennis. “The more matches you play against the legends, the more normal it becomes. After a while, I approached those matches like any other matches, with the sole goal of winning.
I really didn't care who was on the other side of the net anymore."
Thiem set to soon return to action
Thiem, the 2020 US Open champion, suffered a season-ending wrist injury at the Mallorca Open in June. This week, Thiem announced that his wrist is making a significant progress.
"I'm very happy to announce that my recovery is going well. The MRI I did today showed that my wrist injury has improved significantly. A couple of weeks ago I started playing with soft balls and was able to switch to normal tennis balls during yesterday's practice session.
My team and I strongly believe that I'll be ready to make my comeback to competition later this year," Thiem said in a statement posted on his Twitter account. Thiem is expected to make his long-awaited return at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships next month.