Dominic Thiem talks about his 'role model'
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Dominic Thiem has problems with injuries and hopes to return soon. One of his idols is Rafael Nadal, who has shown many times that nothing is an obstacle for him. "He's probably the best role model for this experience," he told AS.
"He did it not just once but four or five times to come back from a long injury time of six months or even more.
And the form was always amazing. So it's a great inspiration." He said: "I have the belief that I can win a Grand Slam again. If not, I would give up my career.
"I went through bad times but I would have the feeling that I am getting closer to my best version." Carlos Alcaraz impressed many, including Thiem.
"He already has a unique career," the Austrian said..
"He is the youngest No. 1 in history and the winner of the Us Open as a teenager, exceptional.
"He is about to change tennis, because in New York, no matter how long the matches lasted, everything was there.
Time, playing offence, going to the net and playing every point without fear.
"I think this is new. Nobody did that before. We have to catch up."
Andy Murray is one of those who had problems with injuries during his entire career.
The Briton defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokin in the first round of the Gijon Open. He spoke about his impressions after the match. "Obviously I still enjoy it.
It’s not easy. The young guys are moving unbelievably well and they’re all hitting the ball harder and harder all of the time.
So it’s difficult to keep up. In the first set he was playing much better than me. He had a lot of chances to get the second break of serve and I managed to stay tough in those moments.
At the 4-3 game he played a bad game to give me the break back and after that I started to play a little bit better.
I think he was a bit frustrated, and then in the second set his level dropped a little bit, but the end of the first set was very important because he was playing very well and it was a difficult first set.
We had a fantastic crowd today, a really nice atmosphere for the first round of a tournament.
I really enjoy playing in new places, I’ve never been here before and it’s a beautiful place, so I’m happy to be here."