Dominic Thiem makes Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer court admission at US Open

That’s the opinion of Dominic Thiem, who declared that having to move from court to court is a big challenge.

The Austrian reached the last-16 at Flushing Meadows for the third successive year by defeating up-and-coming American Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-4.

But while Nadal and Federer have played every match at the 23,000-seater Arthur Ashe, Thiem was moved out to Grandstand for the second time.

And the 24-year-old acknowledged the difficulty of being moved around given the differences of each court but insisted that world No 1 Nadal and No 2 Federer are well worthy of consistently topping the bill.

He told reporters: “Yeah, I mean, they deserve this. They are the best, so they deserve the best courts. 

“It’s not really a surprise. I think nobody’s angry about that. It’s just how it is.

“We have to fight all the way through to get a chance to play on these courts and get used to them.

Asked whether it’s a disadvantage to change conditions with each match, Thiem added: “It is, yeah. 

“I mean, the biggest difference is Roland Garros, in my opinion, the center court to the other courts. 

“Here I only played one-and-a-half sets in my life [on center court], so I don’t really know how it is. In general, the center court is always bigger, a different view. 

“So, yeah, you need some time to adjust to it.”

Thiem has never progressed past the fourth round of the US Open and could set up a potential quarter-final showdown with Nadal, which would book a return to Arthur Ashe.

And he revealed his desire to finally enjoy a positive last-16 tie in New York, particularly after his famous defeat to Juan Martin del Potro a year ago despite having had a two-set lead.

He smiled: “I didn’t have any good experiences yet in the fourth round, so I don’t rely on them!

“It’s always something special for me to reach the second round of a slam. Let’s see who I play. 

“But one thing is for sure: I will give everything to maybe make the first quarters here.”

Thiem will face Kevin Anderson after he overcame Denis Shapovalov in five sets.