On twitter I found an interview with Dominic and made a translation into English of it. For those of you who know German here
is the interview, for the others is here the translation.
Dominic Thiem exclusively: "It would be bad, if nobody expected anything"
Youngster Dominic Thiem looks back in the tennisnet.com-Interview on his strong beginning of the season and looks ahead on the Davis Cup.
Dominic, congratulations to your recent successes and welcome back at home! What is the most important insight after five weeks in the USA?
The most important is that I know I belong up there. At the beginning of the year I thought I am a guest on the ATP-Tour. Now I arrived there. Even when it won't go that well all the time and I will have to play Challengers again at some point.
Was there a turning point? A match that was very important for this feeling to have arrived?
The most crucial point was surely in Vienna the match against Tsonga. For my confidence that one was the most important match. The next big step will be to learn to cope better with these big tournaments.
What do you mean with "to cope better"?
On this level everything is new for me, extremely exciting, and a dream that I am actually able to participate there. But the demands are completely different than on a Challenger. Especially concentration-wise. During a match you have to be always completely focused, you aren't allowed anymore to have a blackout. And also everything else and the tension. You never really calm down at such a tournament, also when you don't play. Also, I was surprised a bit how much it wears out to play the quali. You have to win two or three hard matches, and then the tournament only starts. But certainly I will get used to it as well. I recall it was the same at the beginning at the Futures, that everything was incredibly exhausting for me.
You decided after the Australian Open to not play the Challengers, but the ATP-Tour-tournaments. A tackle of the Top 100 through the front door, in all openness. How big was the risk?
Probably I could have got more and easier points on the Challenger tour. Surely it was a risk to go immediately on the big tour. I could have lost in Rotterdam against de Schepper, then versus Nieminen. And before that Cecchinato in Doha and de Voest in Melbourne, you easily forget how close those matches were. Against de Voest I got the rebreak in the third set with a forehand slice passing shot. That doesn't have to work always. (laughs)
On the Tour there are of course also new practice partners, for example Roger Federer in Miami. What was it like?
Of course it's something special, just because of the atmosphere on the court. When you practice with him there are 500 people at the court and watch it, that's more than at many matches on the Tour. We hit for one hour, then played a few games and chatted about the next tournaments and the Davis Cup. He's simply incredibly nice.
Is he your biggest idol?
It's insanity what he achieved and how he now fought back and how much he did for the sport. But I don't want to call him idol. I can't say he is my idol and then maybe I play in three weeks against him. No, there are no idols anymore.
After all you gained 112 ATP-points at three tournaments, and still more would have been possible. How much do the avoidable losses against David Goffin, Julien Benneteau and Tommy Robredo annoy you?
I was the most annoyed about the loss versus Goffin in Acapulco. I couldn't get this loss off my mind for four or five days. I was of no use. Actually, this is something I still have to learn, that I'm not absorbed that much after a loss. Often I'm of no use for three days. I have to learn that, because only one of 32 players doesn't lose a match in the week. From that sight tennis player is no nice job. (laughs)
...I was annoyed about my bad performance. Against Robredo that wasn't that bad. My performance was ok there. He's not by accident the number 17, he's a great player. When I, as a 20-year-old, who is somewhere around number 80, say I have to win against him, that would be nonsense.
You dominated versus Robredo most of the time and led in the second set clearly, you had close sets against Tsonga and Murray. What's missing that you win such matches?
Well, I don't stress myself there. Surely I will lose often in my career versus Top-Ten or Top-20-players. But I will also beat them. This is also an aspect you have to get used to, to play against those absolute top players. This is not because of respect of the names, but because they simply play super tennis and you have to play better to beat them.
You started the year as number 139 in the Ranking, next Monday you will be for the first time in the Top 80. Are you yourself surprised how fast you advanced? Did you dream of such a start of the season?
Of course you couldn't expect that. Before I traveled to Doha to play the quali, I thought it can happen that I lose three times in the quali and don't win anything. Like I said earlier, it was a risk, but because of that I can be even more proud it worked out through the front door, on the hard way.
The Top 80 may not yet reflect your current level. Where do you see yourself considering your performances?
No, no, it's ok that way. In the last three months I played really constant, I wouldn't have thought I am able of this consistency. I won all matches I should have won because of my ranking, and also many matches against players above me. But like I said before, with a bit of bad luck this could have gone the other way as well. You must not forget, all of them are super players, a Baghdatis for example is number 140.
Your three goals for this year were to be in the main draws of Paris, Kitzbühel and Vienna without the need of qualis or wild cards. The first goal was reached easily, and for the second the prospects are very well. Wouldn't it be the time to define new goals? Where do you want to be at the end of the year?
I don't like this calling of ranking goals. I rate tournaments higher. And there I still didn't have the breakthrough. There I only showed a bit of my potential. Quarterfinal in Indian Wells for example, this would have been something, but I still didn't achieve such a great result, something like winning a 250-tournament .
So you really think to be able to win a 250-tournament?
Yes. But I am still also able to lose there in the quali.
How do you cope with the big popularity you now have, and with the international attention?
I still didn't sense that much of the popularity, actually only on facebook. There were extremely many messages and postings and all extremely nice. This appreciation means a lot to me.
Isn't that also pressure? The fans expect more of you now.
I don't sense that as pressure. Actually I like it. Of course I will be nervous at the Davis Cup or in Kitzbühel or in Vienna. But the people only expect something of you when you play good. That's more my point of view. Since I was ten years old I worked to be a good tennis player. Now I start to be one. So that is great. I don't want to complain now that somebody expects something. It would be bad if nobody expected anything! (laughs)
Let's be honest: How nervous do you get with the thought in mind to debut in 10 days in Bratislava in Davis Cup, and this immediately as number 1 who is expected to deliver the points?
Currently not at all. Now I'm really excited about the Davis Cup, about the athmosphere, surely there will be also many fans from Austria. And I am really excited about playing in a team. Usually you only play for yourself. Certainly I will be extremely nervous on Friday, but I'm sure the Austrian fans will help us to win that tie and be able to play the relegation matches in fall. I would like to have an atmosphere similar to the one at the Tsonga-match in Vienna also at a Davis Cup. Actually we have a great team with Jürgen Melzer, Andreas Haider-Maurer and myself, with Alexander Peya and the other world class players in the doubles ranking, and also behind them some players show a great development. I really want to see a new tennis euphoria in Austria. And there is this opportunity.
You already beat the Slovak single players Martin Kližan and Lukaš Lacko. Does this fact make it easier for you?
That's not important. When I play well, I can beat both. When I don't play well, I don't have a chance. We have to wait and see how I cope with that, also with Best-of-Five, that's still quite new for me.
What do you think yourself, what will turn Dominic Thiem into a good Davis Cup player?
I don't know if I become that. I can only try to do that. Also it can take some time to player good matches in Davis Cup. Experience is a big part of Davis Cup, and I still can't have that. But Davis Cup is cool.
As last question of many fans: What's the joke with your cheering "Bamos" instead of "Vamos"?
(laughs) Nothing special. Everybody says "Vamos", so we started in my quarter at one point to say "Bamos". And then we sticked to that. I heard kids start to say that now at youth tournaments, I like that very much.