Taking part in Dominic Thiem in the meanwhile is like dealing with a few of the sport’s all-time greats, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev mentioned after the Austrian beat him on Friday to achieve the U.S. Open closing.
Thiem, an Australian Open finalist earlier this yr, beat the third seed 6-2 7-6(7) 7-6(5) to arrange a closing with Alexander Zverev after the German rallied to beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in 5 units.
Each are looking for their first Grand Slam title, however Medvedev mentioned Thiem’s efficiency was such that he felt the Austrian was enjoying on the identical excessive stage and consistency because the ‘Massive Three’ of the sport – Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The trio have between them received 56 of the final 67 Grand Slam titles since Federer received his first at Wimbledon in 2003.
“He performed like an actual champion,” Medvedev mentioned of Thiem. “That’s really the stress of the Massive Three. Regardless of which day you play them, it looks as if they play the identical stage.
“Myself or Dominic, we will have these dangerous days the place … perhaps you’ll be able to say I’m going to play to the backhand of Dominic and get some probabilities.
“Nicely, not throughout this U.S. Open or Australian Open. He’s enjoying actually some nice tennis. Every part is there.”
Medvedev acknowledged he was disillusioned to not be in a second successive closing at Flushing Meadows – he was overwhelmed in 5 units by Nadal final yr – however mentioned he would shortly transfer on from the loss as he didn’t really feel he may have performed significantly better.
“Tennis is all about small factors. Typically you win these factors; generally you lose them,” he mentioned. “At present I misplaced a very powerful factors. That’s how he bought the win.”