The brand new US Open champion additionally etched his identify into the report books by changing into the primary participant within the Open Period, which started in 1968, to rally from two units down and win a last at Flushing Meadows
With Federer and Nadal not touring to New York, and Djokovic struggling an ignominious disqualification within the fourth spherical for hitting a line decide with a ball, a golden alternative was introduced to the match’s remaining gamers to grow to be the primary new males’s grand slam champion for six years.
“I can not notice it but, however it’s undoubtedly the most important purpose in tennis what I achieved, profitable a slam title,” he advised CNN Sport’s Patrick Snell. “There may be nothing higher than that and all of the exhausting work paid off and in addition all of the exhausting work of my household, of my group.
“They made so many sacrifices. They drove tons of of 1000’s of kilometers with the automobile to carry me to apply and I feel immediately’s additionally the day the place I gave again quite a bit.
“It is an enormous day for me, but additionally for everyone who was concerned principally for the reason that starting of my life to get to moments like this.”
Given the absence of the ‘Huge Three’ from the latter phases of this match, questions will proceed to be requested of the youthful era of gamers — referred to as the ‘NextGen’ — till they begin to win main tournaments usually.
Nonetheless, Thiem says the absence of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic solely exacerbated the strain of profitable a primary grand slam, fairly than alleviate it.
“No person actually from us gamers talked about it,” Thiem, the son of tennis coaches, mentioned. “It was someplace behind our heads when the second arrived, when Novak was out, as a result of, in fact, it elevated the probabilities of the eight remaining gamers.
“But it surely additionally but additionally put an enormous quantity of strain on every of us as a result of the prospect to win this title was somewhat bit increased than to win the title if the ‘Huge Three’ are round.
“Everyone knew that and that was not simple. Effectively, the following slam [French Open] is simply across the nook and two of the large three are again there once more, however I suppose that Sasha, me and three or 4 different guys are actually virtually with them from the extent and it may be fascinating the way it develops.”
With 16 profession titles to his identify previous to the US Open and a career-high rating of No. 3, Thiem was extensively thought of the most probably of the NextGen stars to win a grand slam title.
The 27-year-old has reached two of his three grand slam finals since welcoming former skilled Nicolas Massu, the one man within the fashionable period to win gold in singles and doubles on the similar Olympics, onto his teaching group at the beginning of final yr and has loved a stark enchancment to his recreation.
However following defeats in all three — on the 2018 and 2019 French Open finals and the Australian Open last originally of this yr — Thiem admits that doubts about whether or not he’d ever win a grand slam began creeping into his thoughts.
“There are at all times doubts after each single last, after each of those three finals are misplaced there was doubt as a result of I did not know if there was ever an opportunity to come back again [to another slam final] as the extent in tennis is an excellent excessive,” Thiem, who made his ATP Tour debut in 2011, mentioned.
“I imply, in the event you’re not in your prime, you’ll be able to lose to anyone within the draw and the identical doubts had been right here earlier than the match and in addition so in the course of the match: ‘What occurs if it goes 0-4? What occurs if I do not take this opportunity? Will I ever get one other likelihood once more?’
“So there are at all times doubts and it is a huge, huge reduction that, properly, these doubts are gone now.”