A question that was characterized as offensive by many people on social media and that would hardly be asked to one of the “Big 3”, was asked to be answered yesterday in Dubai by Dominic Thiem, who, however, gave a very cool answer.
During the media day in Dubai yesterday, one of the questions Thiem received was about his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2020, which was associated with both the absences of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as well as and with the dismissal of the big favorite, Novak Djokovic, in the 4th round.
“Do you think you would have won the US Open in 2020 if Nadal and Federer were there and if Djokovic did not make that mistake?” Thiem was asked, in a question that many found offensive, while someone wrote that this question would never be asked to Federer for Roland Garros in 2009, which reminds us that even then Nadal had lost in the 4th round and was the undisputed favorite.
Thiem did not immediately answer the question, whether he thinks he would win or lose, if he had to face Djokovic, something that no one can know for sure, but he gave a very cool answer, emphasizing that Grand Slams are always just as important and does not feel less satisfied simply because he did not have to beat any of the “Big 3”.
“A Grand Slam title is always worth the same. My name is engraved on the trophy and that will never change, no matter who was there,” he said.
This week Thiem will compete in the Dubai Tennis Championships, being No. 1 on the board. In the second round, where he passed bye, he will face the qualifier from Lloyd Harris, who has won 5 of his last 6 matches.