Two-time Grand Slam finalist, Dominic Thiem is one of the successful NextGen contestants on the ATP Tour. He believes that, after tough losses, players tend to be pretentious and respect the victory of the winning player.
When players encounter a defeat after having match points its a miserable moment for the losing player, but on the net during the hand-sake the losing player acts, they keep their feelings to themselves and respect the emotions of their winning opponent as they do not express the despairing feeling. Their reaction on the net is completely superficial as deep inside the defeat is killing them.
“It’s also a lot of acting. I’m one hundred percent sure: If two hug each other on the net after a five-set game, thinks one: Shit!” Thiem told Weekend Magazine. The after-match gesture which Thiem shared with Rafael Nadal after losing a strenuous five-set battle at the US Open 2018 (which was extended for four hours and 49 minutes) was priceless.
Dominic Thiem is considered as one of the ‘humblest’ players on the professional tour and he portrays a modest characteristic on the tennis courts. However, the Austrian disagrees with that.
World Number four, Thiem perceives himself to be aggressive on the professional courts and he says pretends to maintain his calm and composed act. “No, I do not think so. I’m a killer on the pitch,” Thiem
This year, after playing a three or a five-set match, Dominic Thiem has won 83.3 percent of the matches, which is certainly the three-set winning best record in 2019. He pulled off the biggest title of his career at Indian Well 2019 after beating Roger Federer in the finals.
The Austrian concluded the tennis season 2019 in the best possible manner. Thiem defeated Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic back-to-back and then reserved a spot in the semifinals of ATP World Tour Finals 2019. He dethroned the defending champion, Alexander Zverev and reserved his spot in the London finals.
Later, Thiem played a three-set thriller against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals which were accompanied by some brutal hitting from the Austrian’s side. “I would say half mental, half physical. I played with high intensity, so it can be that some opponents a little bit less,” Thiem expounded.
Also, he reached the second consecutive finals at French Open 2019 and won both the ATP tournaments on his home soil of Austria. Thiem was also victorious on the courts of Barcelona and Beijing with victories over Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals respectively.