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“My Goal Is to Be on Top For Roland”: Dominic Thiem Talks About High Hopes After Madrid Open Surprise

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Dominic Thiem showcased phenomenal performance at the Madrid Open and currently playing in the clay court of Italy. But the Austrian is aiming to ace the upcoming Roland Garros.

The World No.4 won his first grand slam title last year at the US Open. However, Thiem failed to make a mark this season, losing in Australia, Doha, and finally in Dubai. Therefore, the Austrian took a brief break to rest his body and work on his form.

Thiem made a comeback at the Madrid Open, where he made his way up to the semi-finals. However, he lost to the German pro, Alexander Zverev, with a score of 3-6, 4-6. Later, Dominic revealed he only took part in the tournament to improve his form and didn’t expect to do much at the clay court. Therefore, World No.4 was surprised of reaching the semi-finals.

Dominic Thiem reached the semi-finals of the 2021 Madrid Open which was a surprise for the Austrian professional.

Dominic Thiem reached the semi-finals of the 2021 Madrid Open, which was a surprise for the Austrian professional.

Thiem also revealed his true intentions to win his second Grand Slam title at the French Open this year. In an interview prior to reaching the semi-finals of the Madrid Open, Thiem conveyed, “Even then I had in my head the great goal of Roland Garros (venue for the Paris Open, a tournament he had dreamed of since childhood). That is still in my expectations, which are very high.

He further added, “Here in Madrid, expectations are low, but I hope they will increase from one tournament to another. My goal is to be on top for Roland. I don’t think I need too many games to come back (to his best level).”

Dominic Thiem had a tough time against Marc Fucsovics in the R32 of the 2021 Italian Open.

The 27-year-old is currently playing in the Italian prior to the Roland Garros. In Italy, Thiem faced Marton Fucsovics in the first round, who gave a hard time to the Austrian. However, Thiem won the match with a score of 3-6, 7 (7)-6 (5), 6-0, and thus the fourth seed will next face Lorenzo Sonego.

Dominic Thiem needs to shape up for the Roland Garros, as he might have to face the “Big Three” and the young stars like Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will be a constant threat for him to win the Roland Garros.


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