World No. 3 Dominic Thiem suffered a loss to Daniil Medvedev in the title clash at the Nitto ATP Finals on Sunday, bringing his 2020 season to a disappointing end. But while Thiem was hurt by the defeat - his second consecutive one in the final of the season-ending event - he has set some lofty goals for 2021.
"Certainly this loss hurts," Thiem said in a new post on his website. "After 2019 I also lost my second Masters final, I hope I will succeed next time. Daniil won the trophy without losing a match, he really deserves this title."
Thiem has had a hectic post-lockdown season, and he is now looking forward to a small break before the start of his off-season training.
"Now it is time for vacation," the Austrian added. "For the next couple of days I will relax in Austria and then in two to three weeks I will start preparing for the next season."
Dominic Thiem believes he is well-positioned to make another push upwards in 2021. After getting the Slam monkey off his back at the US Open this year, the World No. 3 wants to add more to his collection next season.
"I have managed to get myself into a good starting position for the coming season, however, for Corona the start of the season is uncertain," Thiem said. "The goals are clear: I want to win my next Grand Slam and I want to play a part in the race for the number one position."
I can still be proud of a sensational final of the ATP season: Dominic Thiem
"I can still be proud of a sensational final of the ATP-season: in the group matches I defeated Rafael Nadal, I beat Novak Djokovic, the current number one, in the semifinal. Since January 2019 my head-to-heads have been positive against the leaders of the game – this encourages me for 2021," Thiem said.
Dominic Thiem also thanked his team that accompanied him to London - which included coach Nicolas Massu, physio Alex Stober, manager Herwig Straka and brother Moritz.