According to Dominic Thiem, who has reached the quarter-finals of the event, the absence of the big three does not matter to him. As per the Austrian, he focuses only on his own game and is looking to win that trophy.
The US open which initially had two of the big three missing from the tournament now has all of them absent. Rafael Nadal decided to let the US open pass, wanting to focus more on the upcoming French Open. He will be trying for his 13th Rolland Garros this time. Roger Federer on the other hand is on a recovery break from his knee surgery in June.
Apart from the two, Djokovic who initially was a part of the slam was recently disqualified from the event. What led on to become a sensational affair started when the current no.1 threw a ball that hit a female line judge directly on her throat.
“I Just Always Tried to Focus on My Next Match”- Dominic Thiem
After the fourth-round match, Dominic Thiem said, “There is a difference that none of these three are left in the draw. That’s the only difference.”
Additionally, Austrian went on to say, “But for me personally, it never mattered. I just always tried to focus on my next match. My focus or my concentration, it’s the same. It doesn’t matter if I play one of the big three members or if I play somebody else.”
The 27-years-old added, “Well, I mean, what happened happened. None of the other players has any or had any influence on that. We just need to focus and focus on ourselves.”
“Of course, it’s probably a little bit of a bigger chance for all of us to win the first slam, but basically the things didn’t change that much, at least for myself,” he concluded.
Thiem had an amazing previous game when he beat Auger-Aliassime of Canada, 7-6, 6-1, 6-1. Supposedly he was very happy with his performance and pumped about his next match!
Thiem will be facing the 28th seeded Australian Alex de Minaur for the quarterfinals. Currently ranked at no.3, the Austrian is looking to jump up on that ranking table. He is going to strive for that maiden grand slam title of his career.