“He Will Always Try and Share Energy”: Dominic Thiem Receives Ultimate Praise From Andrey Rublev

Published 03/29/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Dominic Thiem of Austria congratulates Andrey Rublev of Russia for winning the quarter finals match on day seven of the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament at Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)


World No. 4 Dominic Thiem took the world by storm when he lifted his first Grand Slam title at the US Open 2020. In doing so, he broke the barrier for the younger generation of players to win a Major. Over recent times, the Austrian athlete has managed to win matches comfortably against the Big Three. 

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Recently, Dominic Thiem received praise from World No. 8 Andrey Rublev. The rising Russian star found his Austrian rival to be extremely humble in nature and was content with their training sessions because of Thiem’s hardworking attitude. 

DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during his round of 16 match against Aslan Karatsev of Russia during Day Three of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev indulge in intense training sessions

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Rublev was impressed by how even on an off day, Dominic brings a positive attitude and vibe to the court, and he stated:

“Dominic is generally a kind and cool guy, very simple. It is always a pleasure to train with him because he is hardworking, the classes are intense. It doesn’t matter how he feels, whether he is in the mood – in training, he will always try and share energy. Therefore, we have professional respect for each other.”

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

Although the two players do not have much of an association outside the tennis courts, Rublev spoke about the two still communicate well. He said, “Outside tennis, we hardly see each other, we communicate well and help each other out. Now he forgot something in Doha, and I took it to him in Dubai.”

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Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates winning the final against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Thiem recently decided not to compete at the Miami Open this year, and he will resume his season on the clay courts. Meanwhile, Rublev has moved into the Rounds of 32 matches. Prior to that, Rublev won his first title of the season in Rotterdam. 

Both players began their season at the Australian Open this year. However, Thiem came as far as the fourth round and lost to Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. On the other hand, Rublev came to the quarterfinal and lost to his Russian counterpart, Daniil Medvedev

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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