World No. 3 Dominic Thiem was disappointed for himself after losing in the French Open quarterfinal but happy for his good friend Diego Schwartzman. Thiem, a back-to-back French Open runner-up, failed to make his third consecutive final at Roland Garros as Schwartzman won 7-6 (1) 5-7 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-2.
World No. 14 Schwartzman is now into his maiden Grand Slam semifinal and he is set to break into the top-10 for the first time in his career. "I just told him that he deserves it. I think, he’s for the first time in top 10.
We both gave everything & the thing in tennis is there is one loser & one winner, & despite that I am so disappointed, I am happy for him," Thiem revealed after the match, per Max Gao. "He really deserves it.
It’s an amazing achievement for him to break into the top 10 for the first time in his career. Maybe to lose against a friend hurts a little bit less (smiling)”.
Thiem said he should have finished the match in four sets
Thiem, who was coming off a victory at the US Open and a tough round-of-16 five-setter, looked absolutely exhausted in the fifth set against Schwartzman.
"I think if I wanted to win the match, I should have done it in four. He was just a little fresher than me," Thiem noted. Thiem came from two sets down in the US Open final to beat world No. 7 Alexander Zverev and finally claimed his maiden Grand Slam title in his fourth Grand Slam final.
Thiem knew it would be hard to make another final at the French Open since he didn't arrive at the tournament fully fresh. "I just tried to do everything I could, like in the days off, to recover. Tried something also new, which I've done before.
For example, before the R16 I did nothing the whole day. Just to try to be on 100% again," Thiem said, when asked how he prepared for the last few matches. After a French Open quarterfinal exit, Thiem remained positive.
"I’m not sad with my performance here in Roland Garros. I mean, it was pretty short time with the long trip home, jet lag, and everything. Then, of course, the first slam, which is a special thing. Come here, play in pretty brutal conditions, I would say. I’m pretty happy," Thiem claimed.