Poorly translated interview
"For me, the Olympics are aimed for others sports. The tennis players already receive a lot of attention, especially from media during all year. We have big events, Grands Slams all year. Runners, swimmers, other athletes of olympic classic sports doesn't have all that attention. So, it's important to give major attention to them during these two weeks.
The fact of not grant points makes the Olympics, for me, a disgrace. That transforms the tournament in a minor value tournament, it's an exhibition. That is why I decided to not participate. I'm not happy to not participate the Rio Games, its a great city, I have good memories of the tourney that I went this year. But I believe I will have many others opportunities to return to Rio. I hope the city and Brazil have a good luck on Olympics and the population can have fun."
About being fanboy
"I'm not a specific fan of any player. I admire them since I was a kid, but I don't have any role-model. Then I started to admire a lot of players beyond top 4, top 5. Its a big luck to play against these guys and being in this group. Although Federer not being 100%, the victory against him in the grass is certainly the most sensational victory in my carreer. He is the best grass player of all time. But still is needed a lot of work to become a multiple Grand Slam winner, Im still far from this level. I still look to them as idols and its a honour and a pleasure to compete with them on court. But, as soon as I go to the court to face them, I forget all these memories of kid and just have a thing in mind: defeat them. I have been very happy this year to be able to defeat two of them in tourneys (Nadal and Federer)."
Source: Serviço militar, treinos na floresta... a carreira de Thiem, o caçula do top 10