US Open champion Dominic Thiem says he no longer considers himself a clay specialist as his game now ‘suits’ hard court tennis.
The Austrian has always been known as a force on the red dirt, and his first two Grand Slam finals came at Roland Garros.
He has since played two hardcourt major finals, though, at the Australian Open and the US Open (winning the latter), and he says he is now always happy when the clay season is over.
“Maybe sometimes [I am] even more comfortable on a hard court,” Thiem told the official ATP website.
“I guess the results from late 2019 until today, they were even better on hard courts.
“It suits most parts of my game even better than the clay court.”
“When it was set that the US Open was going to happen, I was super happy to be back on hard courts.
“Same after the French Open again. Now I almost feel the same on both surfaces.”
Thiem will be hoping for more hard court success this week as he attempts to go one better than last year at the ATP Finals, when he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
“This year all eight players are in good form, everybody is healthy as well because the season was not too long,” he said.
“I think it only depends on the day this year. The guy who has the better day is going to win and the guy who has the most good days is going to end up winning the tournament.
“The only thing I’m going to try to do is to be there 100 per cent and to be there completely ready on Sunday afternoon [for my first match].”
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