Dominic Thiem: 'No one can plan to be a future World No. 1'

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Dominic Thiem: 'No one can plan to be a future World No. 1'

Dominic Thiem is aware that playing like he did last year will be very complicated. The Austrian player has had a difficult start of the year, with few ups-and-downs winning one match in Brisbane and one in Sydney, before reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open losing to David Goffin.

'Last season was very good, it will be difficult to repeat it. Last year Rafa wasn't at his best, Roger shutted down his season earlier and so two young players broke into the top ten playing very well. So the goal is to remain in these positions.' Many people think he will be a future World No.

1. What does he think about these high expectations? 'I believe no one can plan to be a future No. 1. Since when ATP Rankings were introduced (1973), there have been 26 No. 1s in the history, a very few ones. So no one can ever predict to be No.

1.' Speaking about the feelings he had in the matches against legends like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Thiem commented: 'First matches against them were very strange because when I was younger I watched them on TV.

Now I met them, they are good players and people.' Thiem in the first three months of the year planned to play nine ATP events. Will there be space for doubles as well? 'I will Play it a little less than last year.

Playing doubles in the Grand Slam events would be too much, but doing it with Kei (Nishikori) is very funny. It's a good practice and I will definitely play doubles in some events'. One of them will be right ATP Rio with the Japanese player.

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