Newly crowned Barcelona Open champion Dominic Thiem has said the prospect of him challenging for the Roland Garros title is ‘far away’ as he gains momentum on the tour.
At the Spanish tournament, Thiem achieved a series of milestones. Becoming the first ever player to defeat Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals or final of the tournament and only the second Austrian to win the title after Thomas Muster. Overall, he has defeated Nadal four times on the clay. Something that has only ever been achieved by world No.1 Novak Djokovic, who has managed to score seven victories in total.
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Securing his ninth clay-court title with a 6-4, 6-0, win over Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final, some are labelling Thiem as the next king of clay. The 25-year-old is one of the favourites to clinch the French Open title, which has been won a record 11 times by his rival Nadal.
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DFominic Thiem (photo by Chryslène Caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)