Dominic Thiem's father blames bad luck for French Open loss to Rafael Nadal


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Dominic Thiem's father blames bad luck for French Open loss to Rafael Nadal

Dominic Thiem's father Wolfgang is confident that his son will win the French Open one day. Wolfgang thinks that the world No. 5 could have won the title beating Rafael Nadal earlier this year but he didn't also because of some circumstances.

"This year it was a bit unlucky with all the rain delays which made Dominic not have days off. Winning over Djokovic costs you so much energy and facing Rafa is even more difficult if you cannot rest. On Thursday he faced Khachanov, then on Friday and Saturday Djokovic, then Rafa.

You have to beat at least two of the Big Three to win Majors. But Dominic is still learning. He needs time (to) adapt to the different conditions. 2020 season will be very interesting with all the next generation of guys like Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Dominic, Denis Shapovalov.

Each of them is special," said Wolfgang. Who is the toughest player out of the Big Three for Thiem? "On clay for sure Rafa and overall Djokovic." Wolfgang also praised Djokovic, Federer and Nadal: "If you see how many Grand Slams and big tournaments they have won in the past, it's bad luck for the other players to coincide in the same era as them.

They are completely different. They have been loving the game since their first year on the tour. They are tougher mentally than others." On Thiem's pre-season plans, he concluded: "He will have two weeks off, he will have some health and fitness tests.

In December the pre-season will start in Miami, then on 20th he goes to Australia preparing for the ATP Cup and Australian Open."