“Still Have to Learn How to Deal With It”: Dominic Thiem on Expectations of Winning Grand Slam

Published 04/03/2021, 5:54 AM EDT
DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his round of 16 match against Aslan Karatsev of Russia during Day Three of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)


It has been a poor season for Dominic Thiem so far. The Austrian player hasn’t enjoyed much success in the 2021 season and is yet to find his form and momentum. Surprisingly, he has failed to win a single tournament after his triumph at the US Open 2020.

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In a recent interview, World No. 4 Dominic Thiem revealed what went wrong with him at the Australian Open 2021. He also mentioned that one has to go through the same struggle in order to win a Grand Slam again.

“That (understanding) put a lot of pressure on me. At the US Open, I somehow turned it around. Those struggles came again, before the Australian Open. Approaching a Grand Slam with the hope to win it, is different from approaching it with the belief that it can be won,” said Thiem.

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DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 11: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his quarter-final match with Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 11, 2021, in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

The US Open 2020 winner mentioned that approaching the Grand Slam with the hope to win it and approaching it with the belief that one will surely win it are two completely different things. Even though he won the US Open 2020 title, he seemed to have failed to play with that same approach in Melbourne.

Dominic Thiem believes he still has to learn a lot to win more Grand Slams

Thiem feels that although he has won a major and has even played four Grand Slam finals to date, he still needs to learn a lot to deal with the pressure. He surely has the potential to reach new heights. However, the World No. 4 player is just missing his form at the moment and will hope to find it soon.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – MARCH 16: Dominic Thiem of Austria looks on during his singles match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa during Day Ten of the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis at Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium on March 16, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

“I’ve only been in this situation for one year, I still have to learn how to deal with it,” added Thiem.

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Even though Thiem is not a part of the ongoing Miami Open 2021 and will also miss the Monte Carlo Masters 2021, he’ll hope to return to the court soon. The Austrian will surely be targeting the upcoming clay-court season and will look forward to playing some exceptional tennis there. Will Thiem be able to win his second Grand Slam title at the French Open this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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