Rafael Nadal: Thiem deserved to win a Grand Slam

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Rafael Nadal congratulated Dominic Thiem on his maiden grand slam victory in the US Open on Sunday. Speaking during media availability at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Rafael Nadal pays tribute to his friend and rival Dominic Thiem, saying that he was thrilled that the 27-year-old Austrian was able to come through and win his first Grand Slam title.

"If somebody deserves to win a big title, it's him," said Nadal. "Super hard worker, very focused on his goals, good person, and he deserves it. Sorry for Sascha, he was close but in some way I think even if Sascha played a great final for moments I think that the road to that final for Dominic had been a little bit more solid."
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