“Capable of Great Things”: Coach Confident of Dominic Thiem Rediscovering His Best Tennis Ahead of Madrid Open 2021

Published 04/28/2021, 2:00 AM EDT
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – MARCH 16: Dominic Thiem of Austria looks on during his singles match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa during Day Ten of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on March 16, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)


Much-anticipated good news has finally arrived from Camp Dominic Thiem as the Austrian ace prepares for Mutua Madrid Open 2021. His coach Nicolas Massu, who joined him two weeks ago, has provided a positive update.

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The reigning US Open champion hit a rough patch after his early Australian Open exit earlier this year. However, he has found the right motivation again and is ready for Madrid with the Massu’s help.

Coach Nicolas Massu, Dominic Thiem of Austria and Wolfgang Thiem talk during a training session with Dominic Thiem of Austria and Dennis Novak of Austria on day five of the Erste Bank Open 500 at Wiener Stadthalle on October 25, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Andrea Kareth /SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Presently, Thiem has a worrisome 5-4 record on the 2021 ATP Tour. Thus, it will be interesting to see how he picks himself up from the slump.

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A month ago, Dominic Thiem had revealed that he was struggling with mental tiredness. Hence, he even withdrew from prestigious tournaments such as hte Monte-Carlo Masters and Serbia Open.

In such times, only a coach can offer guidance to the player. Accordingly, former tennis player and Chilean coach Nicolas Massu stated the importance of a coach during adversity.

“When everything is going well, it’s very easy to be with your player, but it’s in difficult times that you really have to support him,” Massu said.

(All quotes are translated from French to English via Google Translate)

Furthermore, the coach revealed that they have broken free from that mindset and are positively working on Thiem’s comeback. He also spoke about his belief in the current World No. 4.

“I arrived in Vienna two weeks ago and see tremendous improvement every day with him. He’s always motivated, and when that happens, he’s capable of great things,” Massu said.

Even Thiem had mentioned earlier that he was feeling better on the court with every passing day. However, it is still unknown how the break will affect his performance at the Mutua Madrid Open.

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The Masters 1000 tournament in the Spanish capital will kick start Thiem’s clay-court swing. He will be the third seed behind top seed Rafael Nadal and second seed Daniil Medvedev.

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem congratulate themselves at the end of the Men Final of the 2018 French Open – Day Fifteen at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Suu/Getty Images)

Since the Austrian is running late, he will also have to catch up for the lost match time. But keeping his talent and potential in mind, there cannot be any doubt regarding his much-awaited return.

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The main draw matches will start from April 30 and will run through May 9, 2021. Therefore, Dominic is set to grace the clay court in Spain in no time!

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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