Former Coach Believes Dominic Thiem Can Win “10 Grand Slams” in Next Five Years

Published 09/15/2020, 9:42 AM EDT
Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates with the championship trophy after his match against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the men’s singles final match on day fourteen of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters


Dominic Thiem finally broke the Grand Slam dominance of the ‘Big 3’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. The US Open 2020 champion became the first ‘non-big 3’ winner of a Grand Slam event in four years. He is set to begin his bid to add to his Grand Slam trophy collection at the French Open 2020.

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Now, as per his childhood coach, Gunter Bresnik, Thiem is just getting started. He believes Thiem can win as many as 10 Grand Slams in the next five years.

You might think winning your first at 27 is really late. But I’ve said for 10 years, the best time for a tennis player today is between 26 and 33,” Thiem’s now-former coach Bresnik said in an interview. “If Dominik would win five to 10 Grand Slam titles in the next five years, I honestly would not be surprised,” he added.

Sep 11 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York,USA; Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates after match point against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) in a men’s singles semi-finals match on day twelve of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

Dominic Thiem wants more chances to beat Big-3

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Thiem believes that the absence of the Big 3 does not, in any way, take away the importance of his title. At the same time, he said that he will play the French Open 2020. There, Thiem hopes to beat either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, or both of them if needed.

I had the chances in my previous finals to beat one of the Big Three or even two of them on the road to a title. I failed, but I hope that I’ll get more chances to do so. There is the French Open around the corner,” Thiem said. “For me, it’s not worth less or more. Whoever I beat, it doesn’t matter to me,” he said about his US Open win.

The Austrian star admitted that he is not sure how he will handle being a Grand Slam winner when he plays next. “I’m very sure that physically I’m going to be recovered and ready 100 percent, but the other thing is how I digest the U.S. Open emotionally, mentally,” he said.

Sep 11, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Dominic Thiem of Austria hits the ball against Danil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s singles semifinals match on day 12 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

Thiem’s clay-court mastery

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Thiem favors the clay courts. He is a two-time finalist at the French Open and has beaten Rafael Nadal on clay four times already. While Thiem is certainly over the moon after winning his first Grand Slam on a hard-court, he is surprised it did not come on clay.

“For sure not the way I imagined it, but the feeling didn’t disappoint me. Such a big relief and such a happy moment when I converted that match point,” Thiem expressed.

Thiem will not play the Italian Open with less time in between. This gives him another week to prepare for the French Open and recover physically and mentally before the big event.

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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