Q. You mentioned that Stefanos was a striking partner. How long have you known him? How is your relationship?
DOMINIC THIEM: It was the first time I met him, here in 2016, as a striking partner. Of course, I saw that he played very well, but I did not pay so much attention because it's another thing to focus on.
And then he came on tour, and we played our first game last year in Doha, almost two years ago, and I saw and felt his incredible potential.
Then, at the end of the year, it was already No. 14 or 15, and everyone could then see where he was heading, as if it was only up, only in world class absolute.
Well, he really deserves it. He is a good person. He is a very good player with a very attractive style to watch, so it's nice to have it.