Family at core of celebrations
“I mean, it was not easy because on one hand I've achieved a life goal actually, so I was so happy, so relieved,” he told reporters on Friday in Paris. “I was enjoying that obviously at home with family and friends.”
Thiem is focused on navigating this new challenge in his career, but even he is not quite sure how he will handle it. Many believe he’ll play more liberated tennis now that he has finally won a major.
The monkey off his back, he can play with reckless abandon, guided by the confidence gained from his victory in New York.
But there’s also the flip side: Now that he’s proven himself on the Grand Slam stage he will be expected to lead a new generation of challengers as they try to tear down the great wall of the Big Three.
That remains a monumental task, and a lot to ask of a guy who has spent much of the last weeks celebrating with friends and family.
“I'll see how I handle all the emotions, also all the physical challenges, which happened in New York,” he said. “In the past I was not that great playing the tournaments after big titles like Indian Wells last year, or Vienna.
"I've always played not that great the following week. I will try to do it differently here in Paris, try to be on top of my game from Monday on.”