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Thiem expects a more relaxed Grand Slam approach


Thiem expects a more relaxed Grand Slam approach

Dominic Thiem believes it will be "easier" for him when competing in the high-profile events from now on after breaking his Grand Slam duck in Sunday's US Open final against Alexander Zverev.

It looked like the Austrian, who had lost in his three previous slam finals, was set to endure further frustration after he lost the first two sets at Flushing Meadows 2-6 4-6, giving him a mountain to climb.

However, the pressure started to tell on Zverev as errors began to creep into his game and Thiem managed to take the next two sets 6-4 6-3, setting up a nail-biting decider in New York.

Both players failed to serve out for victory as the enormity of the situation got to the pair but it was Thiem who held his nerve at the crucial time, winning the tie-break 8-6 before dropping to the floor in delight.

The 27-year-old became the first player outside of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to claim a Grand Slam title since Stan Wawrinka's 2016 US Open triumph.

Meanwhile, he is also the first player to win a Grand Slam from two sets down since Argentine Gaston Gaudio at the 2004 French Open.

Thiem now feels there will be less pressure on him going into the bigger events after his New York triumph.

"I expect it's going to be easier for me now in the biggest tournaments," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "I had it in the back of my head that I had a great career so far, way better than I could ever dream of, but until today there was still a big goal missing.

"With this achieved, I hope that I'm going to be a little bit more relaxed and play a little bit more freely at the biggest events."

World number three Thiem, who is 6/1 to win the 2021 Australian Open, having lost the final in Melbourne earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Zverev is 12/1 for glory Down Under.

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