Recently, Dominic Thiem came forward to talk about Novak Djokovic. He specifically commented on how special the player is. In Dominic’s opinion, Novak is mentally the strongest.
Taking into consideration Dominic-Novak’s on-field rivalry, both of them were eliminated in the quarterfinals at the tournament in Vienna recently.
Dominic Thiem took to his official website and wrote about Novak in a way no one could have. His comments reflected utmost respect and positivity towards the world number one.
He started by describing their earlier experience of playing against each other. “I played with Novak for the first time in Shanghai in 2014. He was at his peak, a few days before that he destroyed Berdych in the Shanghai final. I just hoped he wouldn’t break me too.” wrote Dominic.
“Djokovic Is Mentally Stronger Than Federer and Nadal”: Thiem
Dominic also revealed the experience of losing against the world number one and said, “I immediately noticed his aura, a phenomenal game, but he succeeded alone to offer strong resistance, I held on and lost 6: 3, 6: 4, it’s far from a disaster.”
“In 2018 I lost to him in the semifinals of Rome pretty convincingly – 6: 0, 6: 1”. But three weeks later won I took him to Garros in the quarterfinals in three sets,” The first victory against Serbian was extraordinary and emotional for Austrian.
“My first victory against him – unbelievable! It was quite emotional. Two especially dear ones I remember were the victory over Roland Garros in 2019 in the semifinals, and the same year I won the match at the ATP final tournament in the group”, Austrian player continued.
Furthermore, praising Novak for his strong mentality and courage, Dominic said, “He is probably the mentally strongest player of all time. We had some great fights – he is extremely professional, always 100% concentrated, and he raised the topic of nutrition in tennis to a higher level.”
When it comes to comparison, the Big 3 debate is never-ending, to which Thiem raised a voice, “Novak is mentally stronger than Federer and Nadal.”