Dominic Thiem Leads Novak Djokovic in Impressive Year-End Stat

Published 12/21/2020, 11:08 AM EST
Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his semi-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


2020 was a year of mixed experiences as the pandemic induced a hiatus in between the tour. However, we got to witness several historic moments including a new Men’s Grand Slam outside the ‘Big 3’ for the first time since 2017. Dominic Thiem won just a single tournament in 2020, but how did he do statistically? 

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It was yet another year where Dominic Thiem established his dominance against the best in the world. The Austrian jumped to number three in the ATP rankings early in the year and sustained his place till the end of the season. 

Theim finished the calendar year with a 73.5% win percentage as he won 25 of the 34 matches he played in the singles event. Furthermore, the 27-year-old won 73 sets in total and utterly dominated proceedings when it came to delivering in crunch moments. 

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Dominic Thiem leads all players in impressive year-end stat

Thiem’s hard-hitting ability is tough to withstand and he always generates extra confidence from within when a set heads into a tie-break. The Austrian always had an edge during tie-break situations in 2020 due to his unbreakable mentality.

In fact, Thiem leads all ATP stars in most number of tie-breaks won during the calendar year with 17 victories his name. The 2020 US Open champion was forced into playing 28 tie-breaks during the year, and he managed to win more than 50% of the deciders. 

At the year-end ATP Finals tournament, Dominic Thiem was forced to play six tie-breakers and he won four of them. 

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Thiem’s excellent form against the best continues

Thiem’s excellent form against the Top 10 also continued in 2020 and he went 8-4 in matches against them. The Austrian always seems to produce his optimal game when he’s playing the World’s best and he never keeps stepping away from the spotlight. 

Dominic Thiem met Rafael Nadal twice in 2020 and he managed to win both encounters against the Spaniard. Moreover, he went 1-1 against Djokovic this year – The Serbian won their first meeting at the Australian Open, and Thiem soared to victory at the second fixture at the ATP Finals. 

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Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain. Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his semi-final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

More importantly, Dominic Thiem also became just the second player ever to record five individual wins against the ‘Big 3’ on the professional tour. The three best players in the World need no introduction and Thiem also leads his H2H record against Federer (5-2).

2020 offered Thiem his biggest accomplishment yet, but the Austrian managed just one title the whole year. He would be disappointed with the collective effort and would look to add more titles next year, including Grand Slams! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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