Dominic Thiem has been giving fans an insight into his journey to the Australian Open and revealing his hopes for the year ahead.
Writing on his personal webpage www.dominicthiem.at, the Austrian gave a quick update while making the long journey down under, giving an exclusive insight into his fellow passengers too.
Thiem wrote: "Happy New Year! This is just a short update on my way to Australia.
After a pit-stop in Barcelona a long flight is ahead of me – and there are some tennis stars on the passenger list.
"In addition to my team, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are on board, and, of course, not to forget, my pal and sparring partner Dennis Novak."
Dominic then went on to reminisce about his former Australian Open campaigns and how he is preparing for this year's tournament which starts on 8 February.
"In 2014 I played my first Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne, after going through the qualifying rounds, even though I lost to Kevin Anderson in the second round.
"During the holidays I grabbed an old match shirt from the closet to take a colorful picture with different adidas-shirts. It reminded me of some great moments in my career, and the Australian Open play a major part in it.
"After beating Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev I reached my third Major-final in “down under“. Even though I lost to Novak Djokovic in the final it was an epic fight."
Thiem concluded by summarizing his hopes for the year ahead.
"What are my expectations for this year? First I will work at a training camp in Adelaide with Novak and “Rafa“ to fine-tune my tennis, at the ATP-Cup I want to boost my self-confidence.
"For the beginning of the season I must be at 100%. I clearly proved last year that I like the conditions in Melbourne. My wish for 2021 is to win a second Major title, of course."
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