Stefanos Tsitsipas says the achievement of Dominic Thiem is winning a Grand Slam is a source of inspiration for him and he hopes they can meet in a major final.
Thiem won his maiden Grand Slam last year, lifting the US Open title after an epic five set thriller with Alexander Zverev.
In doing so he became only the fourth player (alongside Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, and Marin Cilic) to win a Grand Slam in ten years that wasn’t either Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.
With the big three dominating men’s tennis for the last decade and a half, the new generation of players have struggled to trouble the trio and make any real impact.
However, with Thiem’s US Open win, a door has opened, and players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas now have the belief that they too can lift a major trophy.
Tsitsipas is arguably in the best form of his life at the moment, reaching the semi-final of the Australian Open, winning his first Masters title in Monte-Carlo and getting to the final of the Barcelona Open.
The Greek has made no secret of the fact that he’d like to win Roland Garros this year and he says Thiem’s success has given him extra motivation.
Meanwhile Thiem has publicly claimed that winning the US Open has affected him mentally with regard to motivation and the impact of achieving a dream he has worked for years to achieve.
“What he has achieved is one of my sources of inspiration,” said Tsitispas.
“I think if I were to win a Grand Slam title I would try to explore something new, look for more opportunities, and I think Dominic is capable of that too.
Thiem has had a difficult start to the year underperforming on court, and took a rest to ‘reset’, where he also picked up a knee injury which kept him out of the Serbia Open.
“I think his injury has been added to that. I have been in that position and it’s not the best feeling in the world, when you’re injured and wanting to compete but your body says no,” said Tsitsipas.
“I’m sure we will meet many more times, and hopefully in the Grand Slam finals, which will be good for the sport.”
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