Dominic Thiem says he still believes he can challenge for Grand Slam titles. Thiem, 29, is a four-time Grand Slam finalist with his lone Grand Slam triumph coming at the 2020 US Open. In June 2021, Thiem suffered a wrist injury that sidelined him for the next 10 months. .
Thiem, a former world number 3, is now the world number 99 player and is far from the game that once made him a legitimate Grand Slam contender. «Yeah, I think. I’m not there yet, but that’s the reason I keep playing.
Be competitive once again. When I look at Grand Slam tournaments, now at the Australian Open, it’s good to see that I was there once. I played finals, against the biggest players, and that is also a great motivation to go back there one more time.
We’ll see if I can do it,» Thiem said. dnevnik.hr.
Thiem on his record against the Big Three in 2019, 2020
Thiem enjoyed his best playing days in 2019 and 2020. During that period, Thiem went 8-3 in his matches against the Big Three.
«Yes, first of all, it helped me a lot to play so many matches against those players, because with each match you gain experience, you learn better how to play against them and I was very confident. I went into every match against them with 100% belief that they can gain.
And that helped a lot. I was at the top of my game at the time and it was a great feeling to go out on the court and know that you could beat anyone, even those three legends. Those are good memories, it was a good time and I hope I can go back there one more time,» Thiem reflected.
At the start of the 2023 season, Thiem was defeated by Andrey Rublev in the first round of the Australian Open. Whether Thiem can do better at the French Open remains to be seen.