Dominic Thiem was once again on the receiving end of compliments. The Austrian was highly praised by Gael Monfils against whom he maintains an unbeaten record. The 34-year-old from France lauded Thiem on his success and was vocal about his success in the world of tennis.
Dominic Thiem possesses a unique blend of technique and power. While his technique makes him able to play a variety of shots, his physical attributes make it difficult for his opponents to reply to his returns. Monfils who played and lost all his six matches against the Austrian spoke highly of his strength.
He went beyond to compare Dominic’s game to that of Rafael Nadal’s who is known for his brute force and physicality. “What is strong about him is the intensity he manages to put on each ball and on each point, the physical density he imposes on his opponents is impressive”, Monfils said.
“It's very hard to master when you are in front and its physical density; it's impressive, it's Nadal's style”.
Dominic Thiem would be hoping to hold his form
Monfils believes Thiem would be able to hold his performance and deliver the same in the upcoming season as well.
This year has been prolific for the Austrian and he would be willing to improve and win more in the next year as well. “He made the final at the Australian Open, he won the US Open, at Roland he has already made two finals, so obviously, I can see him confirming next year.
I think he hasn't gone far from the Masters in 2020 yet”. Thiem went on to reach two consecutive French Open finals in the years 2018 and 2019. He broke all barriers in 2020 by reaching the Australian Open finals.
His patience was tested as he had to wait for a few more months to get hold of his maiden Grand Slam trophy. Defeating Alexander Zverev in a five-setter thriller, Thiem claimed his maiden Grand Slam title in New York in the US Open 2020.
In the ATP Finals, he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals to set up a clash with Daniil Medvedev for the finals. However, he fell short of the championship and had to settle for the runner-up trophy.