ROME- World No 8 Dominic Thiem is preparing to face the King of Clay Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals at the Italian Open once again.
Thiem surprised many when he defeated Nadal in Madrid by knocking out him out in straight sets.
Thiem says he is ready for round number two.
He told atpworldtour.com, “I went in with the attitude that I can beat him,”
“It was very important I went in with a positive attitude, with an attitude to win. Like this I should go in every match against him.
“I played a very good tournament in Madrid. Here in Rome, again, not the best draw, I would say. A little bit unlucky again. But I have to see. Last year, I did really well. The change from Madrid to here, it’s very different. I hope I can do it again here.”
However if this match will happen, Thiem will have to first face the fiery Italian Fabio Fognini, who he has beaten in the past two meetings, he said, “Normally, you don’t really know what to expect from him,”
“But I think in Rome it’s a little bit different. He’s at home here. Amazing fans are here, and the atmosphere is really good for him. He’s always played well here, last year beat Murray and also in the past had very good results.”
Thiem will face Fognini later on Wednesday.
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