"It feels awesome”
Winning in east London on Sunday night, the 21-year-old sent plenty of records tumbling. The whole week was majestic, having dispatched reigning champion Alexander Zverev and nemesis Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. He then pushed newly crowned world No.1 Rafael Nadal all the way in three thrilling hours, before saving 11 of 12 break points to outwit Roger Federer.
“I remember myself watching this event on TV and thinking, oh, these guys have done an insane year to be playing here. And now I'm in the position to be champion, so it feels awesome.”
Prior to the final, Thiem enjoyed a 4-2 record over the Greek, including a recent final triumph in Beijing.
He was the slight favourite heading onto court, as a Roland-Garros finalist and Indian Wells winner. His coaching partnership with Nicolas Massu since March has been a revelation, which was encapsulated in scorching performances to dismantle Federer and Novak Djokovic in London.
With 2.26 on the clock in the final, all of that went out of the window and Tsitsipas rallied from 1-4 down to edge a turbulent decisive tie-break to take home the silverware.
"In very tough situations I can still play great tennis"
“It was a great match from both of us, and he really deserves that win. I mean, actually, we both deserve it, but there is only one winner in tennis,” declared a very gracious Thiem.
“I'm still taking away a lot with me. First of all, I'm very proud and happy about the Finals in general. And then there are also some tough things in this week I had to deal with.
“Honestly, I woke up on Tuesday feeling really sick. And then on Tuesday I played this legendary match against Novak. So that's a big thing, that even in very tough situations I can still play great tennis.
“It's a big, big disappointment right now, but at the end, I would say, 90% positive this season.”