Coach Nicolas Massu suggested that Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev feeling pressure in the 2020 US Open final was expected since both players likely felt it was their moment to win a Grand Slam. In the 2020 US Open final, Thiem recovered from a rough start to beat Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (8) and win his first and lone Grand Slam title.
Thiem looked very tight at the start of the match but that changed as the match progressed. “The [players] had the feeling that, ‘Maybe this is my moment to win a Grand Slam.’ That’s also why I think it was a tight match from both sides.
Dominic was more tight at the beginning and Sascha was playing better at the beginning,” Thiem's coach Massu told the ATP Tour website. “Then Dominic started to play better and Sascha started to get tight when he was close to winning.
But at the end, the only difference in the match was two points. Sometimes these two points go to your side and sometimes they go to the other side. The good thing for us and for Dominic was that this time, it was for him”.
Thiem and Massu won their first Grand Slam together
When Thiem hired Massu, he made it clear that he was hoping that the Chilean would help him win his first Major. Thiem was made to work extremely hard in the 2020 US Open but it was a double joy since he won his first Grand Slam title and learned a valuable lesson.
“The lesson I learned was that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, even when you don’t think there is, even when things are very, very tough, when there’s a lot of pain or when it seems like there is no way forward,” Thiem said.
Thiem didn't play at the US Open a year ago because of an injury. This year, he plays Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round.