Dominic Thiem has been dating Kristina Mladenovic for a couple of years now. In a press conference at the Rogers Cup, the Austrian player spoke about how spending time with Mladenovic is helping him. "It's getting better I think every day.
I'm answering in English (smiling). Weeks like this help me, of course, in France or French-speaking parts of the world. I can hear all the commentaries in French, I can read some newspapers in French. That helps me a lot", said Thiem.
"Of course, I try to learn a little bit every day if I'm not too lazy." On how he is adapting to hard courts after playing two clay tournaments in a row, Thiem added: "I had, like, four sessions which were pretty good.
The most important thing for the successful transition and for the successful start in this tournament was my confidence. Well, the last three, four years I didn't play worse than this year, but I just came with low confidence and I came little bit sad to Canada because I didn't play good in my own home tournament where I usually, of course, have a lot of pressure.
This year everything is different. I won this title at home. I made one of my biggest dreams come true. Of course, I'm so confidence coming here. That's the difference. That also makes the transition pretty easy." On how it felt to play his first match on Wednesday in the late afternoon while now late morning, Thiem added: "It was good for me because I'm still not 100% used to the time zone. I'm awake anyway early. So 12:00 is a perfect time."