Not that the tennis world doubts Dominic Thiem and his motivation to win more laurels in the new season, but if the Twitter footage of his ongoing pre-season training is any indication, his rivals ought to be wary.
In the training footage shared by ESPN on its official Twitter page, the Austrian tennis star could be seen sweating it out and striving for peak fitness ahead of the new season.
The video snatch shows the reigning US Open champion going through the gears and taking calibrated jumps to boost fitness and endurance before the new season arrives.
What’s striking about the footage is how easily Thiem goes through the varying levels of jump and comes up trumps.
The footage is tagged with a message that goes, “Dominator is not afraid of 2021! Can Dominic Thiem win another Grand Slam?”
On the evidence of the footage, no one should doubt his intent and determination going into the new tennis season.
Though the Austrian threatened to open his Grand Slam account at the Australian Open this year, he fell at the final hurdle to Serb Novak Djokovic. However, he did make up for the heartbreak by winning his maiden Grand Slam crown at the US Open.
While the men’s draw in 2020 neither featured Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic was disqualified in the fourth round for inadvertently hitting a line judge with a tennis ball, the field was still competitive enough.
His record against the ‘Big Three’ also merits attention. He holds a lead over Federer in head-to-head battles and narrowly trails Nadal and Djokovic.
In fact, he gave ample evidence of his ability to challenge the ‘Big Three’ by beating Federer handsomely to clinch the elite Indian Wells Masters title in 2019.
He also beat Nadal and Djokovic at the season-ending ATP Finals in London this year, further testifying to his credentials of an able challenger to the Big Three’s hold on Grand Slams.
A maiden Australian Open title next year would only add to that reputation.