Dominic Thiem has been talking about how proud he is to have been in the top ten of men's tennis for almost five years despite it being 'super tough.'
Thiem first entered the top ten in June 2016, after reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open which put him into seventh spot.
Since then he has been in the top ten continuously with his highest ranking position as world number three behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal from March 2020 until February 2021.
He was recently overtaken by Daniil Medvedev who moved into second position, forcing Thiem into fourth, but as far as the Austrian is concerned, its the consistency that's important.
"The top-10 consistency is a thing I'm very proud of. It shows that I didn't have a lot of ups and downs. I played at a very high level for most of the time," said Thiem.
"It's super tough to stay in the Top Ten. Tennis is such a competitive sport, with so many great players who have the possibility to break into the top ten, but not too many guys do it.
"That I have been there for almost five years makes me proud."
Thiem has had a difficult 2021 so far, going out unexpectedly early at the Australian Open in the fourth round and subsequently in both Doha and Dubai.
He has since withdrawn from Miami, Monte-Carlo and Barcelona and has cited a number of reasons from a slight foot injury, wanting to concentrate on clay practice, to not being 100% ready. It is hoped he will return in Belgrade in mid April.
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