Nicolas Massu, who has been working with Dominic Thiem since February 2019, praised both the Austrian and Rafael Nadal ahead of their 2020 Australian Open quarter-finals clash, in an interview conceded to the ATPTour.com.
“[Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem] are among the three or four most intense players, that’s for sure. Someone else may have a similar intensity, but different at the same time because their game is a little freer.
If we’re talking about the intensity with which the ball comes back... The other day they trained at Rod Laver Arena and both of them were producing a spectacular ball speed, the way the ball travelled from one side to the other.
That’s why when they meet they tend to produce great matches, because they’re very solid,” said the Chilean, who ended up being right, as Thiem prevailed over Nadal in a fierce battle with the final score of 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6).
Massu also shared some details concerning Thiem’s pre-season: “He had a good pre-season. Twenty one days in Miami and almost two weeks on the Gold Coast. In Miami, we worked hard on fitness. It’s a very good city for the pre-season because of the weather at that time of year, and there were a lot of players too.
Then, on the Gold Coast, we put more emphasis on tennis”. “The two players we chose for the pre-season were very good. We arrived in Australia on 20 December, we’ve been here for five or six weeks. Dominic wanted to do it like that this season and it’s been good so far,” the former World No. 9 added.