In an interview to Tennis Magazin in Hamburg in July, Dominic Thiem opened up for the first time in a deep way on this year's French Open final loss to Rafael Nadal. The Austrian player was asked if his long semifinals match against Novak Djokovic influenced his performance during the four-set defeat against the Spaniard.
Due to rain delays, Thiem played for four days in a row during the final stages of the second week. "Not at all", replied the 26-year-old. "I think the fatigue deal was overestimated, because you can go through it in a Grand Slam final."
Thiem believes Nadal's off-court break before the third set started was crucial. "It was too long, it was a mistake to wait on the court. I should have gone off the court too in order to refresh. Because he came back and he did not give me anything unlike me."
On how it felt like to switch from being coached by Gunter Bresnik to Nicolas Massu, Thiem added: "The training is a bit different, a bit more toward the opponent. That's a big difference. The intensity of the practice is higher.
It's also important that Nicolas was a former player and can tell me about his experience even against the Big Three. Now I also have more freedom in my off-court life." After playing Davis Cup and Laver Cup back to back, Thiem will be back to practice in Austria and then he will head to China.
On Saturday he will play an exhibition match against Fabio Fognini in Wuhan and then both of them will compete in Beijing and Shanghai.