Dominic Thiem, who will not play the Masters 1000 in Paris, gave an interview to Sport Klub and gave his look on Novak Djokovic.
“To be honest, I think Novak is the mentally strongest player of all time. We have had great battles. He is very professional and always gives 100% of himself on the court. He managed to raise the issue of nutrition on the court. tennis at a higher level. I think Djokovic is mentally stronger than Federer and Nadal, “said the 2020 US Open champion in statements translated into Spanish by Punto de Break.
He also recalled his first match against the Serbian at the 2014 Shanghai Masters 1000: “Djokovic was in his prime. A few days earlier he managed to destroy Berdych in the final in Beijing. I went out on court hoping he wouldn’t do the same. I immediately noticed his winning aura, I knew he was playing against a fantastic tennis player. I managed to resist him a bit, I held on and did my best and still lost 6-3 and 6-4. The worst game I played against him was in the semifinals of Rome in 2018, where I lost 6-0 and 6-1. I learned a lot from that match, since three weeks later I was able to beat him in the Roland Garros quarter-finals in three sets. “
Regarding the triumph at Roland Garros 2018, he said: “It was incredible to be able to beat him for the first time and to be able to do it in Paris, in a Grand Slam and playing my way to the semi-finals of the tournament. It was quite incredible and emotional. Still, I think that My best victories against Nole are the one I achieved at Roland Garros in 2019 where I managed to win in five sets and the victory at the Nitto ATP Finals 2019. In that match I was not a favorite at all, and I managed to give one of the great surprises of season. I caused Djokovic to be eliminated in the group stage “