Thiem Dream won’t stop with London semi-final
Dominic Thiem beat Roger Federer (left) and Novak Djokovic on way to ATP Masters Semis.Photo Roger Parker ISF Ltd
The Thiem Dream won’t yet be fully achieved by the Austrian’s semi-final place at the ATP Finals thanks to a comprehensive defeat of Novak Djokovic.
Instead, the double Roland Garros finalist aims to move a step or two further in London at the weekend knockout stage, but must first concentrate on getting the job done on Thursday when he plays Matteo Berrettini to end his round-robin run.
“I’m really confident, of course. It was I think for the first time that I beat two of the Big 3 (Roger Federer on Sunday, then Djokovic) back to back, which gives me a lot of confidence,” Thiem said.
“I’m super happy and proud that I reached the semi-finals for the first time. It was a big goal, but it’s not enough now.
“I’ll try to play a good match against Matteo on Thursday. Of course it’s a little bit more comfortable now that I don’t have a lot of pressure in this match, but I want to continue the great shape and then full focus on the semi-finals.
“I’ll try to keep up the great level I had in the first two matches also for the semis.”
Thiem may have a goal on the horizon to duplicate the 2018 title earned by Alexander Zverev after the German beat Federer and Djokovic back-to-back here a year ago to lift the prestige trophy
Thiem called any such possibility for himself “the biggest title of my career.”
“I think this tournament here is almost on level with the Grand Slams, because it’s so tough to win it.
“You have to beat only top 10 players. You have to beat the eight best players of the season. Maybe this tournament is the most difficult to win all year.”
The winner of five ATP titles this season has never been beyond the London group stage in three previous appearances here.