Dominic Thiem: I didn't tank against Andrey Rublev

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Dominic Thiem: I didn't tank against Andrey Rublev

Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem claimed he absolutely wanted to beat Andrey Rublev in his final Round Robin match at the Nitto ATP Finals but he simply didn't play well enough. Thiem, who had already secured a semifinal place, was beaten by world No.

8 Rublev 6-2 7-5 and insisted after the clash that he didn't tank the match. "It was difficult to keep the amazing intensity I had in the first two matches. Still, I wanted to win the match 100%," Thiem claimed after the match, per Nikolaus Fink.

When asked about potentially joining the players' council, Thiem said: "I like what the ATP is doing. Generally, they are doing a great job. I don’t see a reason to join another association. But everybody can of course do what he wants.

"I don’t feel ready now. But maybe in two or three years.“

Thiem hopes the Australian Open takes place

The Australian Open organizers suffered a blow earlier this week when it was announced that the players wouldn't be allowed to enter the country in December.

Thiem, who claimed his maiden Grand Slam title at this past US Open, fell just short of winning it all at Melbourne Park earlier this year as he was edged out by Novak Djokovic in five sets. "If...the Australian Open is the first tournament, then it's going to be similar like the US Open.

There was Cincinnati, but, well, for me personally, it was not a great warmup tournament as I lost the first round easy there," Thiem said, per Tennis Majors. "In general, I hope that the Australian Open (is) happening, and if it's happening without any tournament before, well, we have to live with that and try to go there early, prepare as well as possible for the major."

"But I think right now everybody is hoping that Australian Open are happening and that we can travel to Australia." Meanwhile, Rublev kept it classy after beating Thiem as he said: "I started really well, since the first point, the first return.

I think Domi didn't start that well and I took advantage since the beginning. That helped me to have more confidence, helped me to play better and better and be more released. I think he also focused already for the semis and I wish him the best of luck. He deserves to be where he is."