“Actually, my whole life has been in the service of this moment.” Not long after winning the US Open, Dominic Thiem tries to explain what winning his first grand slam title means.
In New York, after three lost finals, the 27-year-old Austrian emerged for the first time from the shadow of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have dominated the grandslam tournaments for years. Nadal and Federer were missing from the US Open and Djokovic was disqualified.
“It was such a relief, there was so much pressure. A grandslam title is the highest you can achieve in my sport,” said Thiem after a hard-won victory over Alexander Zverev in the finals.
“I really did achieve a life goal, a dream come true,” continues the Austrian number three of the world. “I wanted it as a child, but it is still so far away. Little by little you get closer and realise that it is achievable. Now it has succeeded. I have worked my whole life here.”
Zverev thinks he will also become grandslam champion
Zverev played his first grand final and therefore has to wait a while for a major title. The 23-year-old German number seven of the world has no doubt that it will come.
“I was a few points away from it. I’m still young, I don’t think this was my last chance. I believe that one day I will also be a Grand Lamb champion,” Zverev said.