Dominic Thiem: I should play closer to the baseline. Look at Rafael Nadal

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Dominic Thiem: I should play closer to the baseline. Look at Rafael Nadal

In an interview with Forbes, Dominic Thiem commented on how his 2018 season has been so far. The Austrian player admitted he is not fully satisfied. 'There were highs, like the Buenos Aires tournament win in February or the Madrid final in May, and also some other good matches' said Thiem.

'But there were definitely more downs than I expected. What I can do now is to keep working.' Thiem also admitted that he needs to be more aggressive if he wants to compete at the highest level also on grass or hard: 'It's about playing the right shot in every situation, with the right rotation, the right timing, the right position.

My shots are very good, but it's useless if you hit the wrong shot in the wrong moment. And what I absolutely have to improve is my position on court. I need to get closer to the baseline, take the ball early. Even Rafael Nadal, who was extremely behind, is becoming even more excited.

That's a basic requirement in modern tennis.' Thiem was also asked if he may bring to his team former legends like Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or most recently Alexander Zverev did. 'Gunter (Bresnik) is the best coach I can wish,' the 24-year-old recognized.

'He knows me very well, has an incredible eye for what we have to work on now. He will be my coach until I play tennis. But obviously we are not together for 52 weeks a year. In sine tournaments I travel with other coaches, previously with Gary Muller or Joakim Nystrom, now with Galo Blanco - all of them are expert former professionals.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title