Nadal’s dominance on the crimson claycourts in Paris is unmatched, the Spaniard selecting up his thirteenth French Open trophy final 12 months to match Roger Federer‘s 20 Grand Slam singles titles.
Two of these 13 victories on centre courtroom have come in opposition to Austrian Thiem, who gained his maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows final 12 months.
“For me it is by far the match with the very best outcomes prior to now … so after I gained that first Grand Slam title, it is now the largest aim and one thing I actually wish to obtain,” Thiem informed the Laureus Sports activities Awards.
“I prefer to set extra quick time period targets, however to win the French Open is such an enormous factor … it is truly a profession aim. It is my largest aim as properly for this 12 months.”
Thiem stated getting the higher of Nadal on the French Open could be an enormous problem.
“I believe final 12 months he was 34 already and he performed most likely probably the greatest tournaments ever, so he is positively the man to beat,” stated the 27-year-old, who has been nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Yr Award for 2020.
“It might be one of many largest challenges in sport to beat this man on the centre courtroom in order that’s why I actually would like to do it when he is nonetheless energetic.”
Outdoors tennis, Thiem stated he’s an enormous fan of English Premier League aspect Chelsea and was “very upset” when Frank Lampard was sacked as supervisor in January.
“I’ve, I do not know, 50 jerseys together with his title on it, so I used to be so blissful when he received supervisor,” Thiem stated, including that he hopes Lampard would return to Stamford Bridge at some point.
“It was such an awesome and magical connection between him and the membership so clearly I used to be tremendous unhappy when he left.”