Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem revealed his top priority winning titles at all the Grand Slam tournaments despite reaching the ranking table’s apex.
Having a final loss at the Australian Open, Thiem claimed his maiden Grand Slam title during the US Open this year. Afterwards, he played the second consecutive final of the ATP Finals last month in London.
While the 27-years-old Austrian had an excellent opportunity to finish the 2020 season as a No.2 or even No.1 player globally, Domi holds third perch due to an irregular ATP ranking system.
However, the US Open champion explained that he desires to go into taking Grand Slam titles to his home instead of staying top at the ranking board in a recent TV show, “Sport and Talk from Hangar-7”.
“It depends on what I play for a year. The Grand Slams are my top priority. If I don’t win a Grand Slam or play a final there, I might not be satisfied. But if I’m number four and win one and maybe don’t play so well the rest of the year, I would be happier.”, Dominic Thiem said. (Quotes translated into English via Google translator)
“It Would Be Incredibly Beautiful”: Dominic Thiem on Number One Position
Thiem emphasised that he has wished to be No.1 player in the world when he is ranking one step closer to that position.
He also said that it would not harm him severely if he did not reach the top of the ranking table, like if he did not have a single Grand Slam title under his name at the end of his career.
Austrian continued, “The wish is already there when I’m number three. I want to be number one too. It is now not as great as the desire for a Grand Slam title was or is now still of a second. But of course, it would be incredibly beautiful. But it wouldn’t hurt so much if I didn’t reach the goal, as if I had never won a Grand Slam title.”
Even though Dominic Thiem has no wish to be the number one tennis player globally, his recent performance appraisal says that the day is not far away from today.