“Number One Priority”: Dominic Thiem Reveals 2021 Goals on Christmas

Published 12/25/2020, 5:03 AM EST
Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates winning match point during his singles semi final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day seven of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 21, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Dominic Thiem had a fantastic 2020 season. He finally became a Grand Slam champ, nearly beat Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final, and reached the final of ATP Finals again. On the eve of Christmas, the World No. 3 looked back at 2020 and looked ahead at 2021.

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Thiem gave his best wishes for Christmas on his website. Along with that, he looked back at the 2020 season and the amazing achievement of winning the US Open.

Dominic Thiem in action during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

He wrote, “We look back at an odd year, Corona caused global chaos, however, looking at it form an athlete’s point of view 2020 was an excellent year for me. I started the season by reaching the final at the Australian Open, I finished the year by reaching the final at the Masters in London. But winning the title at the US Open in mid-September was the ultimate highlight. In New York I made a childhood dream come true, winning my first Grand Slam title – indescribable moments! There is one thing for sure: the nicest Christmas present for me is the US Open trophy.”

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The US Open triumph has increased Thiem’s pedigree. Now he wants more Grand Slam triumphs and attain the number one ranking as well. He further added:

“I love this trophy, that’s why I call my goal for 2021: I want to win another Grand Slam title, that’s my number one priority. To become the number one is also on top of my bucket list. However, winning another Major tournament almost means more to me in my personal ranking.”

Dominic Thiem reacts during his semi-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Dominic Thiem raring to do well next year

Since he is preparing for the 2021 season, Thiem will not rest during this holiday season. He is continuing his physical training during Christmas. On New Year’s eve, he will practice tennis. Thiem clearly isn’t wasting any time! He added:

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“Taking a break during the holidays? No way! On December 25 and 26 I will continue working on my physical fitness, after New Year’s Eve I will play tennis more intensively. On January 13 I will fly to Melbourne, and during quarantine with strict regulations, I will start the fine-tuning.”

Dominic Thiem in action during his semi-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Thiem will travel to Australia on January 13 to serve out the 14-day quarantine. He will simultaneously prepare for the Australian Open 2021 and hope to better his finals appearance from 2020 by becoming a champion.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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