Dominic Thiem is proud with his three-set final win over Diego Schwartzman at the Vienna's Erste Bank Open. The Austrian player said: “It’s been an unbelievable year for me in Austria, to win titles in Kitzbühel and now here in Vienna.
I have had some troubles to deliver my best tennis in front of these amazing crowds in Kitzbühel and also here in Vienna and now, in the same year, I win both titles. It is completely unreal to me. Three times this week, I came from one set down.
To share the court and final with a guy who became a very close friend in all these years is very nice in one way. To beat him in such an important match is hard in the other way… It has been a dream week”. On the championship clash, Thiem added: “I think he did really well and he didn’t miss anything.
I really have troubles to play against him, because it doesn’t matter what I do. If I play fast or if I play slow, he always has an answer to everything… I was fighting and, of course, I had this huge advantage with the home crowd.
I used it well at the end”. He won five titles this year, including three on hard, although he is considered as a clay-court specialist. "I prefer to play on clay but my first big title was in Acapulco, on hard, then one of the following ones on grass, then Indian Wells, Beijing, now Vienna.
The most important titles were all on hard so if I play well, my game may be a bit better on hard. Especially if I manage to improve my aggressive game and my volleys." Thiem finally spoke about how it feels to hit the $20 million career prize money height: "That's what I thought about on every point (laughter). I just take it."