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Dominic Thiem hopes to keep the feel-good factor that his US Open triumph brought him two weeks ago on the crushed brick of Roland Garros, where he has reached the final for the past two years.“I felt great coming here because, I've achieved such a big goal,” said Thiem on Friday, in Paris. “At one point, whatever comes now is somehow a bonus. On the other hand, I want to do the best I can in every single tournament I play. Especially here in Roland Garros, [where] I [had] four crazy years with two semi-finals [and] two finals.“I love the conditions here. I love the whole tournament. First practice yesterday, I straight away felt great with the conditions, with the clay, in the Suzanne Lenglen stadium. I tried to not think too much about the US Open, but to see this as a new tournament, as a new challenge. To be as good as possible from the first point on.”Thiem has had little time to celebrate and reflect on his first Grand Slam championship title over Alexander Zverev in the US Open final on 13 September.“I was enjoying that obviously at home with family and friends,” said Thiem, who played on clay in Austria for two days prior to arriving in Paris on Wednesday. “I tried not to lose all the tension, tried not to do nothing for too long. I did nothing for three or four days, then I started to practise on clay. But I'll see how I handle all the emotions, also all the physical challenges which happened in New York. In the past, I was not that great playing the tournaments, after big titles like [the BNP Paribas Open in] Indian Wells last year or [the Erste Bank Open in] Vienna. I've always played not that great the following week. I will try to do it differently here in Paris [and] try to be on top of my game from Monday onwards.”The 27-year-old Austrian could rise to a career-high No. 2 in the FedEx ATP Rankings should he go on to capture the Roland Garros crown, but Thiem isn’t ruling out 12-time champion Rafael Nadal, who has a 93-2 record at the Paris major.“I think he's always going to be the big-time favourite when he's playing, when he's healthy and fit,” said Thiem. “I think he is… the big favourite, just because of the past. He won the tournament 12 times, which is just incredible. He's by far the best clay-court player ever. But there are some slight changes. The balls are a little bit different… It can be super rainy, super cold end of September, beginning of October. Maybe that's a little bit tougher for him.“For me, it's the same. I also love [it] when it's hot, when the ball bounces high. Maybe it's a little bit better conditions for Novak [Djokovic]. Rafa is the huge favourite than Novak, because of all his titles, all the experience. Then I guess, there is [apart from me] three other players, like Sascha [Zverev], Daniil [Medvedev] and Stefanos [Tsitsipas].”With six days of clay-court practise under his belt by Monday, when he will face two-time former quarter-finalist Marin Cilic, Thiem is anxious.“I have to see how I handle the New York title, because obviously it was physically and mentally very demanding,” said Thiem. “I hope that I'm 100 per cent ready on Monday. All of that is a huge challenge for both of us [Nicolas Massu and Thiem], for all my team. But they are great. They are preparing me really well all the time, for all the tournaments. So I hope they're going to do it again here in Paris.”
In der 1. Runde der French Open bekommt es Österreichs Tennis-Aushängeschild Dominic Thiem mit einem wahren Routinier zu tun - Marin Cilic. Der Kroate rangiert im ATP-Ranking auf Platz 39. "Es ist richtig tough", betonte Dominic Thiem.
US-Open-Sieger Dominic Thiem trifft in der ersten Runde der Tennis-French-Open auf den Kroaten Marin Cilic. Der Niederösterreicher hat erst vor knapp drei Wochen in der dritten Runde von Flushing Meadows gegen Cilic gespielt und den noch bis Montag 31-Jährigen 6:2,6:2,3:6,6:3 besiegt. Es war der einzige Satzverlust Thiems auf dem Weg zu seinem ersten Grand-Slam-Sieg vor dem Finale. Im Head-to-Head führt der 27-Jährige 3:0, alle Partien wurden auf Hartplatz gespielt.
Thiem admits it wonand#039;t be easy playing the French Open just two weeks after winning his maiden Grand Slam title.
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Fourteen #NextGenATP stars will try to make their mark at Roland Garros in the coming fortnight. ATPTour.com looks at seven of those players before the clay-court Grand Slam begins.Denis ShapovalovShapovalov is the hottest #NextGenATP player leading into Roland Garros. The lefty, who has excelled under the guidance of former Russian star Mikhail Youzhny, cracked the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time Monday. The ninth seed, who is fresh off a run to the quarter-finals of the US Open and the semi-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, will try to improve his 1-2 record at Roland Garros. Shapovalov plays French veteran Gilles Simon in the first round.Felix Auger-AliassimeThe 19th seed is making his Roland Garros main draw debut. The Canadian reached last year's Lyon final, but was unable to compete the following week in Paris due to a left adductor injury. Auger-Aliassime has shown great promise on clay, making his first big tour-level splash at the 2019 Rio Open presented by Claro, where he reached the final as the World No. 104. The 20-year-old faces Japanese lefty Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round.Alex de MinaurDe Minaur, who like Shapovalov made his maiden major quarter-final at the US Open, will try to play his best clay-court tennis yet in Paris. The Aussie is 2-10 at tour-level on the surface, but he is widely recognised as one of the quickest players on Tour. In cooler, slower conditions, it will be incredibly difficult for players to hit through the 25th seed, who opens his run against 2018 semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato.Jannik SinnerWhen Roland Garros was played in 2019, Sinner was outside the Top 200 of the FedEx ATP Rankings. Now World No. 74, the reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion is rapidly rising. The Italian faces a tough test in his Roland Garros debut against 11th seed David Goffin. However, not only did he win his only previous ATP Head2Head meeting against the Belgian, but he is fresh off a victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rome.Corentin MoutetFrance’s top #NextGenATP hope Moutet is trying to back up strong Roland Garros performances from 2018 and 2019. The dynamic lefty, who is unafraid of the forecourt, reached the second round two years ago in Paris and the third round last year. The 21-year-old, who recently collaborated on a rap song with Shapovalov, plays Italian qualifier Lorenzo Giustino in the first round.Alejandro Davidovich FokinaFew players on the ATP Tour are as fond of the drop shot as Davidovich Fokina, and the Spaniard will certainly use it on the slow Roland Garros clay. The Spaniard, who is at a career-high World No. 69, won three matches to qualify in Rome and also reached the fourth round of the US Open. Davidovich Fokina opens against fellow #NextGenATP player Harold Mayot, a French wild card.Miomir KecmanovicThe Serbian is flying high after lifting his first ATP Tour trophy in Kitzbuhel. World No. 40 Kecmanovic has established himself inside the Top 50 of the FedEx ATP Rankings, and now he will try to cause an upset at Roland Garros against Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman, the 12th seed. Kecmanovic has made the second round at four of his past five majors, but he has never advanced further at a Grand Slam.Did You Know?The other seven #NextGenATP players competing at Roland Garros are Hugo Gaston, Sebastian Korda, Tomas Machac, Harold Mayot, Alexei Popyrin, Jurij Rodionov and Emil Ruusuvuori.