‘Winning Roland Garros is still my big goal this year,’ says Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem says winning Roland Garros this year remains his ‘big goal,’ although he isn’t sure if he’s in a position to go for it.

Thiem achieved a major breakthrough last year when he won the US Open, his maiden Grand Slam title.

Since then, things haven’t gone well for him, with him losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open before early exits in Doha and Dubai.

That has seen Thiem retreat to Austria to focus on training, but he has since suffered a knee injury that has forced him out of Belgrade this week.

He, though, is trying his best to remain optimistic, particularly about the clay season.

“The French Open is my big goal,” Dominic Thiem told Der Standard.

“Obviously, I have a training backlog. I haven’t had matches against absolute top players for a long time, they are missing. I don’t know where I stand.

“I hope I’ll get to play some in Madrid and Rome. I want to be fully competitive in Paris, that is my ambition.

“A medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be an absolute dream. I’d like to know [if it’s realistic] but that’s up to the pandemic.

“In any case, I will not let it take away my desire to play tennis, because normality will return at some point.”

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