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Grigor Dimitrov is happy that Dominic Thiem broke through for his first major title and says that the Austrian deserved it more than any other player.

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“I cannot think of one person that deserves it more than him to be completely honest,” Dimitrov said after his three-set win over Italy’s Jannik Sinner on Friday. “He’s been so close on so many occasions, he was bound to win it, that’s just how it is - whether it’s now or the French Open or whatever else, I think it was good, it’s new, it’s fresh for everyone.”

Dimitrov, 29 and a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist, says that the young generation can build some more belief out of the example that Thiem has set.

“It’s intriguing as well at the same time,” he said of Thiem’s title in New York. “It helps the young generation to believe a little bit more. You’re going to see a lot of more different winners I think overall.”

“It was definitely bound to happen, it had to happen eventually, right?” he said. “He absolutely deserved it and I think it’s great for the sport.”