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Dominic Thiem has described being in the same era as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as “bad luck”.
Thiem has reached back-to-back French Open finals but finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal on both occasions.
He told German magazine Socrates: “We are in an exceptional situation: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have all won 16 or more Grand Slam tournaments; more than any other player before. This is bad luck for us young players, but at the same time lucky that we can play in a time with the three best players of all time.”
The Austrian has never made it past the group stages of the event and hard courts are not his favourite surface.
He said: “I grew up on clay. Until I was 16 or 17 years old, I did not play on any other surface. That’s what I’m working on, of course, in Indian Wells I won my biggest title on hard court this year. But clay will always be my favourite surface.”