Dennis Novak: I thought Dominic Thiem was arrogant before I got to know him


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Dennis Novak: I thought Dominic Thiem was arrogant before I got to know him

Austria's Dennis Novak thought Dominic Thiem was arrogant when he first met him but that changed when he got to know him. Thiem was dominant in his junior days as he thrashed Novak in their first meeting at an under-14 tournament.

"When we were 11 or 12 and I didn’t know him (Thiem) very well, I thought he was really arrogant,” Novak told the ATP Tour. “He won almost every single Austrian under-10, under-12 tournament. He was the clear No.

1. I didn’t think he was very sympathetic Now, Novak and Thiem are close friends as they often train and spend time together. Novak has spoken highly of Thiem on several occasions as he revealed that the world No. 4 is always available when he needs any kind of advice or help.

"After we played and spent a lot of time together, I realised that I saw it from the wrong position. He (Thiem) is so down to earth and really nice," Novak insisted. World No. 108 Novak and Thiem will start the season together by representing Austria at the inaugural ATP Cup.