Nicolas Massu Says Dominic Thiem Has the Skills to Outshine the Big 3

December 10, 2020 7:53 pm

2020 was another enormous step up for World No.3 Dominic Thiem. He reached two Grand Slam finals, winning one and almost toppling Novak Djokovic at the 2020 Australian Open final. With these performances, he is coming closer to the elite trio of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer.

Dominic Thiem celebrates winning match point against Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

In a recent interview, Thiem’s coach Nicolás Massú was optimistic about getting more out of his prodigy. He further announced that Thiem is the only one who can compete with the ‘big 3’.

“It will always be difficult to play against the best in history, but if there is anyone who can compete equally with them it is Dominic.” 

Improvement in Dominic Thiem in 2020

He also spoke about Thiem’s increased pedigree on different surfaces. Thiem used to have troubles on the hard court, but this year he reached the finals of both the hard court Grand Slams. Moreover, he reached the finals of the ATP Finals as well.

“He is very complete: he plays well on all surfaces, he has a great serve, forehand, backhand, he moves well. He has the talent to do things much better than you think.”

Novak Djokovic celebrates at the trophy presentation at the 2020 Australian Open. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Nicolas Massu talks about Dominic Thiem’s consistent performances

Further, Massu highlighted the jump up in Thiem’s game from 2019 to 2020. Although Thiem didn’t win the same five titles he won in 2019, he became a Grand Slam champion by winning the US Open 2020. On the ranking front, he is now third and very close to the 2nd rank Rafa Nadal.

“The level of consistency Thiem has had in the last two years is spectacular. The 2019 finished 4 and it was already difficult to overcome what he had done: he won 5 tournaments in the year, Grand Slam finalist.

“It was super complex to do a better year and with few tournaments he did it: he finished 3, winning his first Grand Slam and winning on surfaces where previously the results were not the same as on clay.”

Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal at Australian Open 2020. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Thiem and his team will be happy that the Austrian’s Grand Slam final hoodoo has ended. Prior to winning the US Open 2020, Thiem had lost three Majors finals. He is stepping up and if he gets hold of his nerves, then he can surely win more.

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Bhavishya Mittal

Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport. Bhavishya admires the fast and grueling nature of 21st-century tennis with him considering Roger Federer a standout performer.

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