Dominic Thiem hopes to end his wait for a major title in 2019 after falling at the final hurdle last season.
The Austrian reached a maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open but was beaten 3-0 by ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal.
Thiem did claim three 250 Series titles in 2018, triumphing in the Argentina Open, Lyon and St Petersburg, but missed out on a first Masters 1000 win in the Madrid Open as he lost in the final for a second successive year.
Thiem ended the year as the world number eight and hopes he can kick on in 2019 with the biggest prizes in tennis firmly on his radar.
“My biggest goal is to win my first Grand Slam title,” said Thiem, as reported by Tennis 365. “I have been dreaming that since my childhood.
“At the end of 2019 I would like to be placed in the top five” Thiem also managed his best performance at the US Open in 2018 as he reached the last eight but struggled in the ATP Tour Finals as he was dumped out in the round robin stage for the third year in succession.
The 25-year-old is a clay-court specialist and his most likely opportunity to claim a major title will come in France.
Thiem is 10.00 to win the 2019 French Open outright and is 34.00 to secure the Australian Open crown in the first Grand Slam event of the year.