‘I thought it might be my final chance,’ reveals Thiem on US Open triumph
Dominic Thiem disclosed his thoughts about his maiden Slam title in New York last year, including how he felt during the marathon final.
Dominic Thiem spoke about the pressures surrounding the 2020 US Open for him and fellow players, as well as what it was like being in the final against Alexander Zverev.
“Until the start of the US Open, I would never expect to stand there at the end and lift the trophy,” Thiem told ATPTour.com.
Thiem had recently reached his third Slam final at the 2020 Australian Open, losing in five sets to Novak Djokovic.
“It was very, very difficult to digest because I was starting to doubt [myself] a little bit,” the Austrain continued. “And [I was] starting to imagine what I [would] think about my career if I never did it after having this great chance.”
Thime had been two sets to one up against the Serb before Djokovic surged back to secure his eight crown in Melbourne.
Moving on to the 2020 US Open final, Dominic Thiem had this to say:
“I think everybody else declared me to be the favourite but me.
“I knew how good Sascha [Zverev] is and how difficult it is to play against him. The pressure was huge. I really thought this might be my final chance.”
Thiem outlasted the German, coming back from two sets to love down to become the first man to achieve the feat in the US Open final since Pancho Gonzales all the way back in 1949.
After falling in the round of 16 to eventual semi-finalist Lorenzo Sonego, Dominic Thiem takes to the court next in Lyon against Britain’s Cameron Norrie.
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