Seven months ago, Dominic Thiem claimed the first Major title at the US Open, performing a marvelous comeback against Alexander Zverev in the title match to fulfill his dreams. With those 2000 points, Thiem became a candidate to finish the season inside the top-2 ahead of Rafael Nadal for the first time, needing a couple of good results in the remaining events.
Thiem suffered the quarter-final loss at Roland Garros and at home in Vienna, heading to the ATP Finals as one of the favorites and losing in the final to Daniil Medvedev. Hoping for more of the same in the upcoming season, Dominic started to struggle with all the rules, bubbles and restrictions around him, not feeling great in Melbourne and winning only five matches so far this season.
Thiem prevailed against Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open third round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov, heading to Doha and Dubai and experiencing early losses for an even worst taste in his mouth.
Boris Becker spoke about Dominic Thiem's recent struggles.
Seek and tired of everything and dealing with injuries, the Austrian decided to take a break and skip Mimia, Monte Carlo and Belgrade, not thinking much about tennis in the previous weeks and recharging batteries ahead of Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.
The six-time Major winner wasn't pleased with Dominic's words about his break from tennis and lack of motivation, saying he should rise above the situation and get back on the right track as soon as possible. Becker noted that Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal would never mention anything about that inner pressure, calling Thiem's team to work with him and make him believe that he can win Roland Garros title.
"Dominic Thiem's staff has to make it clear to him: 'Boy, you are one of the top favorites in Paris.' At 27, Dominic is in the prime of tennis, but he needs a different approach to deal with the pressure more efficiently.
I have never heard the word 'pressure' from the mouths of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic - although they should have some permanent pressure after everything they have achieved. If you've won your first Major tournament, you've tasted blood, and you are ready for more success," Boris Becker said.