Thiem says the three great advances are not far away
MELBOURNE Dominic Thiem He said that there are only small details between him and the Big Three of tennis and he is convinced that a breakthrough is imminent after losing the Australian Open final sunday to Novak Djokovic .
The brave Austrian enjoyed his best tournament at Melbourne Park, knocking down four seeds, including Rafael Nadal , to reach the decisive.
He sought an inaugural Grand Slam title after passing two sets to one in the front, but the experienced Serbian star made a brave return to leave him empty-handed once more after losing the last two finals of the French Open to Nadal.
Despite this, the 26-year-old was encouraged by how close he and others, especially Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, are now challenging the conquerors Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer .
I think it's just small details. In the last two finals, the US Open and here, it was really close. It could have been anyway for Daniil at the US Open (against Nadal) and for me here, he said. referring to the five sets of Medvedev with Nadal in Flushing Meadows.
Nothing is needed but a little luck, small details here and there.
Maybe if I turned the break point in the fourth set, maybe I'm sitting here as a winner. It just requires a lot of work, he added.
Me and the other young players definitely have the potential to win a Slam.
Thiem reached his first final in Melbourne Park, a hard track player much improved for 12 months and is now considered one of the most dangerous on the tour.
He is supremely fit and considered one of the fastest on the court, with a backhand with one hand that generates a heavy turn and a forceful right blow.
While slower clay has always been his favorite surface, beating Federer in the Indian Wells final last year was a turning point for the Austrian on hard courts.
He said he had taken a lot from the Australian Open .
I didn't have easy games, especially from the rooms onwards. Defeating Rafa in more than four hours (in the last eight), then two days later going back against Sascha (Zverev), he said.
Incredibly intense, close game. Then, two days later, he came out again against Novak, who won the most titles here and again played at a very high level.
Now I am very aware and sure that I can play at a very high level for a full Grand Slam ... it gives me a lot of confidence for the next big tournaments that are coming.