The fire went out,” Dominic Thiem admits his motivation levels have not been the same since winning the 2020 US Open

Dominic Thiem is no more motivated enough to win a Grand Slam title


The fire went out,” Dominic Thiem admits his motivation levels have not been the same since winning the 2020 US Open

Dominic Thiem

The Austrian star, Dominic Thiem admits that he is not motivated to win a Grand Slam title ever since winning the U.S. Open title in 2020. Thiem was considered one of the next big players in men’s tennis up until 2020. He had the record of defeating both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the same Grand Slam tournament. However, the injury took a toll on his career and he couldn’t make a comeback ever since.

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Although he returned fit from the injury, his form is a big concern. He is currently ranked below the required seeding level for a Grand Slam tournament and played the Australian Open 2023 through a wild card entry. The 29-year-old spoke in an interview recently and revealed about his downfall and other things. However, he said there is a lot to improve.

When asked if the fire went out he laughed and replied “It went out after the US Open. But we’ve already talked about that. I don’t want to blame myself for that.” Thiem went on to say “There are players who celebrate great success who are spurred on by that, who are pushed even further to perform even better, who are immediately on fire to win the next Grand Slam title. It wasn’t like that for me, I’m a different guy.”

He further elaborated and said “It took me a while before I accepted that, that I’m a bit harder on myself than some others. What I certainly also had to learn is that it is only up to me and I have to regulate it myself.”

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Can Dominic Thiem return to his best?

However, Dominic Thiem believes there is a lot of tennis left in him and he will keep improving his game. Speaking about his game he said “It’s still there. Even if it should only be there very small, it is there, and I’m sure it will get bigger again. When it’s gone, I won’t be sitting here anymore, I would stop and live a different life. But the belief is definitely there. The only thing I can do is keep working and training.”

The Austrian is confident that he can compete again at the highest level. However, he needs to keep working hard for it. He is ready to give his best every time he steps onto the court. Fans would love to see him return to his best form. Since he is still young and has the potential to play at a higher level.

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