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Dominic Thiem falls to 3-7 against Rafael Nadal in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series on Sunday at Roland Garros.

Thiem Determined To Return To Grand Slam Final

Austrian will rise to No. 7 in the ATP Rankings

Dominic Thiem had hoped for better in his Grand Slam final debut. Namely, he wanted to win.

But the Austrian, who fell to 11-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday, feels motivated to return to another Grand Slam final, and soon.

It's really a great thing that I made my way and that I was competing in a final against him... But still I'm disappointed, of course. It was a final. I really wanted to win. I gave everything I had, and I'm the loser of today. So at the end, it's not the best day,” Thiem said.

I'm confident that this was not my last Grand Slam final, and that's my biggest goal, to get into the next one and then to do it better than today.”

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The 24-year-old right-hander broke through to his first final at Roland Garros after making the semi-finals the past two years. He was trying to become only the second Austrian – man or woman – to win a Grand Slam title. Thomas Muster won the 1995 Roland Garros crown.

Thiem also was attempting to become the first man to win his maiden Grand Slam final since Marin Cilic won the 2014 US Open.

Of course it was a special thing for me to play [my] first Slam final. But on the other hand, I was pretty calm and I knew that I [should] go into it like it would be any other match. I think this was the right approach because if I let too much happen, my emotions, everything, because it's the first Grand Slam final, it wouldn't suit my game very well,” Thiem said.

The Austrian had beaten Nadal twice during the past two years, handing the Spaniard his only two clay-court losses during that stretch (50-2). Thiem won in Rome last year and in Madrid last month.

But the No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings has lost only twice, ever, at Roland Garros. The Spaniard improved to 86-2 in Paris by beating Thiem on Sunday. The Austrian, however, is already eager for another chance at the title.

It's a big goal for me to play soon another Slam finals,” Thiem said. “Of course it's going to be easier then, a little bit, because it's not going to be the first time anymore. Then hopefully I can do it better than today.”

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