◼️ The Austrian will face Nadal for the first time on a surface that isn’t clay and will do so with great confidence and optimism.
When least expected, the Austrian has managed to break molds. Dominic Thiem has managed to reach the quarter-finals of the New York Grand Slam for the first time, showing off a sublime tennis and removing the bad feeling with which he left Flushing Meadows last year. His clash with Rafael Nadal is extremely important, being the first time that the two best clay players in the world are far from their favorite surface. Up to ten times they have faced each other, with seven wins for the Spanish and remarkable show offered by both.
After beating Kevin Anderson in a show of confidence, the current number 9 in the world is already preparing to try the hardest yet. “It has been one of the best matches of my career, playing on a big court like Louis Armstrong has helped me a lot, as it allows me to subtract from a long way back and take advantage of my power to play comfortably and take initiative little by little. It has been an advantage for me in this match because such a big court makes everything look a little more like clay,” reflects Thiem in statements collected by the tournament’s official website.