While Dominic Thiem won the US Open in a tough final match against the German, Alexander Zverev, he admitted to the fact that the final of the tournament was affected by the absence of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.
Although the Austrian star was pumped after winning the match, he still thought that things could have been different if the big three players in the tournament.
After the match, he said, “We both did not face one of the big three. So I guess that was in the back of the head for both of us. That is why we were on nerves. It was definitely a very good chance for both of us.”
In addition to this, the first time Grand Slam winner also said, “For him (Alexander Zverev), it was his first major finals. For him was the same as for me.”
“I Think It Is Very Understandable That We Both Did Not Play Our Highest Tennis”- Thiem
Talking about the match, he said, “I think it was obvious that I was very tight in the beginning. In the end, of course, we are both experienced enough and we both know that in a fifth-set tiebreak, anyone can win.”
Besides, the world number three said, “I think it is very understandable that we both did not play our highest tennis anymore.”
Additionally, Zverev did find himself stuck with his serve speed fluctuating from 70 mph to 140 mph in the whole match. For Thiem, the Austrian was able to keep himself going and took points at crucial times.
He said, “When he served for the match, I was struggling physically. But I also thought that he is not the freshest anymore. I was just hoping to maybe get another chance, that he is not serving anymore as he did at the beginning of the match. I played a great game there and brought myself back into the match.”
Dominic Thiem recorded his first-ever Grand Slam title. While Roger Federer missed the tournament due to injury, Nadal did not participate due to concerns regarding coronavirus. Additionally, Novak Djokovic was disqualified earlier from the tournament.