Having fulfilled his dream of becoming a member of the Grand Slam winners membership by taking the U.S. Open title this yr, Austrian Dominic Thiem is setting out his targets for 2021 and hopes to be standing on the podium on the Tokyo Olympics. The 27-yr-outdated misplaced three Grand Slam finals earlier than lastly successful at Flushing Meadows in September, turning into the primary participant outdoors the trio of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic to win a serious since 2016.
Thiem skipped the Rio Olympics in 2016 and was set to overlook Tokyo as a consequence of scheduling points earlier than the Games have been pushed again to 2021 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
While subsequent yr’s tennis calendar has but to be confirmed, the boys’s world quantity three mentioned Tokyo was pencilled into his plans.
“I am going to participate at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo starting on July 23!” Thiem mentioned in a put up on his web site. “I have been thinking about it for a longer period of time, and next year it eventually fits into my tournament schedule.”
Thiem is coached by Chile’s Nicolas Massu, who gained each the singles and doubles gold medals in Athens in 2004.
“And I am looking forward to it to compete for a medal. My coach Nicolas Massu won two gold medals in Athens in 2004, he told me about the incredibly wonderful emotions,” he added.
“I want to feel these kind of emotions myself. For an athlete the atmosphere at the Olympics must be unique, I want to soak it all up.”
Terming Rafael Nadal’s thirteenth French Open and 20th Grand Slam victory ‘one of sports greatest achievements’, Roger Federer on Saturday hailed the Spaniard as his ‘greatest rival over the years’.
Nadal blew away Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 so as to add a thirteenth Roland Garros to his 4 US Opens, two Wimbledons and one Australian Open crown and equal Federer’s all-time report of 20 Grand Slams.
“I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and a champion,” wrote Federer, who sat out the event to recuperate from knee surgical procedure.
“As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players.
“Therefore it is a true honour for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory.
“It is especially amazing that he has won Roland Garros an incredible 13 times which is one of the greatest achievements in sport.
“I hope the 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us.”
Nadal now has 100 match wins on Paris’ well-known crushed purple brick in opposition to simply two defeats in 15 years. He had described this yr’s delayed event as his “most difficult ever” however powered to the title with out dropping a set.
(With company inputs)
The Covid-19 pandemic may need modified many issues in the world of sports activities however one factor has remained fixed, Rafael Nadal’s dominance on clay. On Sunday, the Spaniard blew away the problem of very long time rival Novak Djokovic in straight sets (6-0, 6-2, 7-5) to win a record-extending 13th French Open title.
The triumph is an iconic second in the historical past of males’s singles tennis as Nadal equalled Roger Federer’s all-time grand slam record of 20 titles. In his lengthy standing rivalry with the Swiss ace, that is the primary time that Nadal has equalled Federer’s tally of Grand Slams.
Djokovic himself has been excellent as he’s simply three in need of the 2 legends with 17 slams to his identify.
But on Sunday the Serbian had no solutions to Nadal’s excellence on the Parisian clay. Nadal began with a blitz as he gained the opening set with out dropping a sport.
It was a technique site visitors in the second set too as Nadal broke Djokovic two occasions to win 6-2.
In the third set Djokovic confirmed some resilience and even broke Nadal’s serve for the primary time in the match taking a 4-3 lead however he misplaced his serve once more in the eleventh sport as Nadal broke again and served out the set 7-5 to win the match in straight sets.
“Congrats to Novak for another great tournament. Sorry for today. We’ve played plenty of times together – one day one wins, another the other,” stated Nadal.
“After all the things I have been through in my career with injuries, I could not have done it without my family.”
Nadal stated he wasn’t even excited about matching Federer’s record.
“It’s been a very tough year. Winning here means everything to me so it’s not about equalling Roger on 20, for me today it’s just a Roland Garros victory,” stated Nadal who had skipped the US Open due to the worldwide well being disaster and was taking part in simply his second event since February.
“Roland Garros means everything to me. I spent most of the most important moments of my tennis career here.
“Just playing here is a true inspiration. The love story I have with this court and city is unbelievable.”
“Today, Rafa showed why you are the king of clay. I was out-played by a better player,” stated Djokovic.
(With company inputs)