In a press conference after ending his 2018 season at the ATP Finals in London with a win against Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem spoke about his goals for 2019. He will kick off the new ATP season at the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha joining Novak Djokovic in the field.
Prior to that, Thiem will compete at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi from 27 to 29 December. 'Winning the French Open is a childhood dream and of course, that would be great if the dream comes true', admitted Thiem. 'I think I have at least 8-10 more years, it doesn't need to happen next year.
But I'd be very happy if I play better in the M1000s because I could get the most points there.' Thiem will start the pre-season training in Tenerife from 1st to 21st of December, hitting with Dennis Novak, Sebastian Ofner, his brother Moritz and some days with David Goffin, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Jan-Lennard Struff.
'The most important thing for me is still the serve and the return, especially on hard court', Thiem explained. 'This is what I will work the hardest on, these are the two things that I'm most concerned about.
I also want to work on his strokes for even more stability, even more, speed.' Thiem finally added: 'I'm happy with 2018. It was my best year so far and I've scored the most points in my career. I played well in the Grand Slams, the only bad thing was the Masters 1000 events, although the semi-final in Paris-Bercy made it a bit better.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title