The brand new US Open champion additionally etched his identify into the document books by way of turning into the primary participant within the Open Generation, which started in 1968, to rally from two units down and win a last at Flushing Meadows
With Federer and Nadal no longer touring to New York, and Djokovic struggling an ignominious disqualification within the fourth spherical for hitting a line pass judgement on with a ball, a golden alternative was once offered to the event’s closing avid gamers to develop into the primary new males’s grand slam champion for 6 years.
Ultimately, amid all of the headlines about avid gamers who were not at the USA Open, Thiem was once the only ready to carry his nerve.
“I can’t know it but, however it is without a doubt the most important purpose in tennis what I accomplished, profitable a slam name,” he advised CNN Game’s Patrick Snell. “There may be not anything higher than that and all of the arduous paintings paid off and in addition all of the arduous paintings of my circle of relatives, of my crew.
“They made such a lot of sacrifices. They drove masses of hundreds of kilometers with the auto to carry me to follow and I believe as of late’s additionally the day the place I gave again so much.
“It is a large day for me, but in addition for everyone who was once concerned principally because the starting of my existence to get to moments like this.”
Given the absence of the ‘Large 3’ from the latter phases of this event, questions will proceed to be requested of the more youthful technology of avid gamers — referred to as the ‘NextGen’ — till they begin to win main tournaments steadily.
Then again, Thiem says the absence of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic most effective exacerbated the drive of profitable a primary grand slam, quite than alleviate it.
“No person in reality from us avid gamers mentioned it,” Thiem, the son of tennis coaches, stated. “It was once someplace behind our heads when the instant arrived, when Novak was once out, as a result of, after all, it larger the probabilities of the 8 closing avid gamers.
“But it surely additionally but in addition put an enormous quantity of drive on every people since the likelihood to win this name was once a bit of bit upper than to win the name if the ‘Large 3’ are round.
“Everyone knew that and that was once no longer simple. Smartly, the following slam [French Open] is simply across the nook and two of the massive 3 are again there once more, however I assume that Sasha, me and 3 or 4 different guys are in reality virtually with them from the extent and it will be attention-grabbing the way it develops.”
With 16 profession titles to his identify previous to the USA Open and a career-high rating of No. three, Thiem was once extensively regarded as the possibly of the NextGen stars to win a grand slam name.
The 27-year-old has reached two of his 3 grand slam finals since welcoming former skilled Nicolas Massu, the one guy within the trendy technology to win gold in singles and doubles on the similar Olympics, onto his training crew firstly of final yr and has loved a stark growth to his sport.
However following defeats in all 3 — on the 2018 and 2019 French Open finals and the Australian Open ultimate in the beginning of this yr — Thiem admits that doubts about whether or not he’d ever win a grand slam began creeping into his thoughts.
“There are all the time doubts after each unmarried ultimate, after each of those 3 finals are misplaced there was once doubt as a result of I did not know if there was once ever an opportunity to return again [to another slam final] as the extent in tennis is a really perfect excessive,” Thiem, who made his ATP Excursion debut in 2011, stated.
“I imply, if you are no longer for your most sensible, you’ll lose to any one within the draw and the similar doubts have been right here ahead of the fit and in addition so all the way through the fit: ‘What occurs if it is going Zero-Four? What occurs if I do not take this opportunity? Will I ever get any other likelihood once more?’
“So there are all the time doubts and it is a giant, giant reduction that, smartly, those doubts are long past now.”