WATCH: Novak Djokovic Trains With Dominic Thiem Ahead of the ATP Mallorca Championships 2021

Published 06/22/2021, 4:45 AM EDT
Dominic Thiem of Austria shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after beating him on Day 7 of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 21, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Austrian player Dominic Thiem have entertained fans with some of the best matches in recent years. Both players have been cordial with each other and that is due to the mutual respect they have for one and another.

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Recently, Novak Djokovic was seen in Mallorca, training for the upcoming grass-court season. Interestingly, he was joined by World No. 5 Dominic Thiem. Together, both players had their first knock on grass as they have an eye on the Wimbledon Championships 2021, which begins next week.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his semi final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem lighten up the courts at Mallorca

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In the videos, both players can be seen sharpening their basic skills. They were seen practicing their basic movement on the grass court as players need to adjust themselves, especially when they are making the switch from clay to grass.

In recent years, the Serb has been a brutal force on the grass courts. He has won the Wimbledon Championships in 2014, 2015, and 2019, making him the player to beat this year. On the other hand, Thiem has not brought his best tennis to the grass courts.

In the 2021 season so far, Djokovic has dominated by winning the Australian Open and the French Open this year. In doing so, he has inched closer to the Grand Slam tally of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He is just one title shy of equalling the two athletes.

Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic’s contrasting seasons

On the contrary, Thiem has been in poor form. After winning the US Open last year, the Austrian player has been not performed to his usual standards. Even in the French Open this year, he made a first-round exit. That came as a shock after he made it to the finals in 2018 and 2019.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

However, now that the focus is on grass, it will be interesting to see if the Austrian athlete can turn around his fortunes. On the other side, all eyes will be on Novak to see if he can defend his title in South West 19, London.

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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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