Dominic Thiem admits he was 'concerned' he wasn't going to win a Grand Slam title after losing the Australian Open final this year.
That match in Melbourne, which he lost in a five-set thriller to Novak Djokovic, was the Austrian's third attempt to win a major final after losing twice to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
He, though, made it fourth time lucky when he beat Alexander Zverev in the final of the US Open last month, and he's delighted he no longer has to listen to predictions and promises.
“There is a huge difference because being so close in front of the finish line, then finally take this one step to cross it," Thiem said of finally becoming a Grand Slam champion.
"It's amazing to reach finals, but it's also not easy on the other hand, especially after Australia this year.
“I heard so many people saying, ‘Yeah, anyway you going to win a slam soon, you will win slams in your career'.
"At the end I didn't make it yet, so that was not easy. Me and also all the other players know how tough it is to get to deep stages of a slam, to give yourself chances to win one.
"At the end I was concerned after Australia. I'm very happy that this is finally out of my mind.”
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