In an interview with Kurier, Dominic Thiem's former coach Gunter Bresnik spoke about the new generation trying to get past the older guys. "There is a small changing of the guard. Every younger guy went through tough times.
Dominic at the start of the year, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev in the mid year. But I do not think Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will dominate like they did this year. In 2020, one of the younger guys will definitely win a Grand Slam.
There are some favorites," said Bresnik. Speaking of Thiem, Bresnik added: "He has the weapons to play well on all surfaces. But other guys can make a breakthrough next year. I like the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who once trained with me for six months.
He is physically very good." Thiem ended his longstanding association with Bresnik in 2019. This year, he also won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells (defeated Roger Federer), and also reached the final of the ATP Finals (lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas).
He also reached his second consecutive French Open final (lost to Rafael Nadal). In an interview with El Confidencial, Spanish player Carla Suarez Navarro spoke about her mindset. Suarez Navarro, who will retire next year, said: "I did not have a strong mentality.
This year I have nothing to lose, so I will play feeling free. You gain a winner mentality by training daily and getting good results. Unfortunately, not everyone can be Serena or Rafa. We are speaking about tennis monsters. If everyone were like them, their careers would have not stood out that way. That's why they are unique. They are at the next level and that's what marks the difference."