Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem felt great after clinching a tough French Open semifinal win over top-seeded Novak Djokovic but his mood was completely different after losing the final to No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal . Fourth-seeded Thiem survived an epic clash against Djokovic -- which started on Friday but ended on Saturday -- as the Austrian edged out the Serb 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5 in over four hours of play.
A day later, the Austrian entered the court motivated to beat Nadal but fell in his attempt as the Spaniard claimed a record 12th French Open title after a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 win. "Yesterday was one of my biggest victories in my career, for sure," Thiem said after losing to Nadal, per Metro UK.
"That’s a unique and also brutal thing, I guess, in our sport, in tennis, that I won six amazing matches. I beat yesterday one of the biggest legends of our game. "Not even 24 hours later, I have to step on court against another amazing legend of our game, against the best clay-court player of all time.
That also shows how difficult nowadays it is to win a Grand Slam. "That’s what I meant yesterday. I was feeling so happy, with such a good win, and today, of course I lost. I failed to make my biggest dream in my tennis life come true, so I don’t feel that good like yesterday."
Thiem admitted he didn't have the right tactics to dethtrone Nadal, who has kept his perfect finals record at the French Open. However, the 25-year-old Austrian hopes he will get another shot at winning a Grand Slam title -- even if that means meeting Nadal in the French Open final for a third year in a row.
"It’s very tough. I mean, many – or all guys fail to do that in Roland Garros finals. Just the numbers are crazy. He won it 12 times. Twelve times the opponents in the finals failed to beat him. So also, me, I didn’t have the right choices or tactics today.
"But, I mean, it would be amazing to get another chance next year, maybe against him or against anybody else. But I saw it again how tough it is to arrive to a Grand Slam finals. So first of all, I have to get there. If that time comes, I will think about how I’ll do even better next year."