he’s never lost to Dominic Thiem and lost just one game to him last month in Rome, but Novak Djokovic is wary of his quarterfinal opponent tomorrow at the French Open.
“Obviously never losing to a player always helps mentally a little bit, but I don’t think it’s gonna play too big of a role,” Djokovic said of his 5-0 record against Thiem. “I think he really will step it up and try to do something special.”
Thiem offered that he will try to make some changes.”I have to change something compared to the last matches,” Thiem said.
Djokovic also crushed Thiem in the semifinals last year in Paris. Thiem, though, has improved since then.
“I’m sure he’s going to be as motivated as ever, so I expect him to come out and really play his best. I’m going to be ready for that. I have obviously played him last year semis here, played a really good match, played an incredible match against him in Rome.
“It’s different conditions, it’s best of five, it’s Grand Slam, obviously. It doesn’t need to mean anything. But still, knowing that I have beaten him a couple of times on clay here last year gives me that confidence, and hopefully I’ll be able to do same.”
Thiem has yet to lose a set while Djokovic dropped two during his 5-set win over Diego Schwartzman.
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