Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem, second seeded, has already achieved the great goal of reaching his first semifinals of the US Open after this Wednesday he beat the young Australian 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4, twenty-first seeded, and play tennis that left him satisfied.
“I had a great feeling from the first moment and that was reflected in the way the whole game played out,” Thiem said. at the end of the match played on the Arthur Ashe center court, Flushing Meadows, and which lasted two hours and four minutes.
However, Thiem, who is contesting his seventh US Open, and where he will seek to win his first Grand Slam title, also stressed that things had not been as easy as the final score could reflect.
“It seems much easier on paper than what actually happened on the court, against an opponent who always fought and played good tennis”, Thiem, 27, was valued, third in the world who left his mark 3-0 in the confrontations he has had against De Miñaur.
Thiem, who was intractable in the first two sleeves, could no longer maintain the same intensity in the third and De Miñaur had the opportunity to make his first 'break' and get something else into the game.
“In the third set I lost a bit of momentum, energy and he came back great,” Thiem admitted. “It was a crucial game at 3-4 … he broke it with a very good real game that gave me 5-4 and then I served almost perfectly. “
The veteran Austrian tennis player, a finalist in the last Australian Open, which was won by Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one, said that having reached the semifinals also made him forget the epic duel of the 2018 quarterfinals that he had with the Spanish Rafael Nadal, who after more four hours and 49 minutes of action, in the end lost them in a match that was always for both of them.
“It stuck in my mind forever, but now it's something that doesn't 'frustrate' me and with the arrival to the semifinals it has been surpassed for always “, explained Thiem, great friend of Nadal.
As for the duel that awaits him on Friday in the semifinals against Daniill Medvedev, 24, third-seeded, who won the Russian quarter-final match against his compatriot Andrey Rublev, tenth seeded, by 7-6 (6), 6-3 and 7-6 (5), Thiem recalled that without all three ” Great “(the Swiss Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, was going to be the most difficult rival that could touch him.
“There are not Roger, Rafa or Novak, but there are Daniil, Sascha (Alexander Zverev) and Pablo (Carreño Busta). They are three incredible players”stressed Thiem, who is 2-1 in his three previous games against Medvedev. “Each of us deserves our first major title.”
Also, Thiem recalled that as professionals when they play their respective semifinal matches, they will give themselves completely on the field.
“Everyone will give it their all and that's what's on their mind. Once we step onto the pitch, the other three will forget, like me, of the rival and we will focus on making the best tennis, “added Thiem, who gave a good winning advance against De Miñaur.