2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem was absolutely impressed with what he saw from Emma Raducanu at the US Open.
Raducanu, 18, became the first player ever to win a Grand Slam title as a qualifier.
Not only that Raducanu won a total of 10 matches en route to winning the US Open, she did it without a dropped set.
“For me, it’s one of the greatest achievements ever in women’s sports,” said Thiem, per Tennishead.
“It’s an incredible journey if you look at the stats. She didn’t lose one set the whole tournament. She came from qualifying and she didn’t even play one tiebreak.
“That’s simply amazing and something that probably was never witnessed before.
“And also the way she plays, her technique, the way she moves, somehow she brought it up to a new level for the whole game … it was great to see.”
Raducanu fulfilled her dream
Raducanu always dreamed of winning a Major but when it actually happened she couldn’t believe it.
Raducanu has now been tipped by many to win many more Grand Slams and become a future No. 1.
“Yeah, the visions I had, they were from pretty early on, I would say. I’ve always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. You just say these things. You say, I want to win a Grand Slam. But to have the belief I did, and actually executing, winning a Grand Slam, I can’t believe it,” Raducanu said.
“I first started when I was a little girl, but I think the biggest thing that you have visions of is, for me it was just winning, the winning moment, and going to celebrate with your team in the box, trying to find your way up to the box, just seeing them after the match. That’s been playing in my head, like, a couple nights. Like I’ve fallen asleep to that (smiling).”