'To beat Rafael Nadal, you have to be...', says famous coach

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'To beat Rafael Nadal, you have to be...', says famous coach

Dominic Thiem is definitely one of the most talked about tennis players in recent months. First there was controversy about the solidarity fund for tennis players out of the top 100, while more recently he was accused of not being quarantined after discovering that Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Victor Troicki and Novak Djokovic were positive at Covid.

In fact, all those previously mentioned participated in the Adria Tour, an exhibition tournament organized by Nole, in which Thiem also participated (and won the stage in Belgrade). The Austrian justified himself by claiming to have tested negative for 5 swabs in 10 days.

In an interview with Polstat Sport, Dominic Thiem's father Wolfgang opened up about the challenges his son faces against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Dominic Thiem's father on Nadal and Djokovic

"To beat Rafael Nadal, you have to be aware, and Dominic already has it, that you need to concentrate from the first ball," said Wolfgang Thiem.

"He had to play a few games with Rafael to realize this. You probably remember how they played together at the US Open 2018 and Dominic Thiem lost the last set 6: 7. Even then, he was very close to winning. The meeting in Melbourne was also very close.

Dominic might as well have lost this match. It was an unbelievable match. Dominic won the first set 6-0! It was a great example of how great athletes can lift themselves on competition. Against Rafa, you have to be 100% concentrated, ready and showing full intensity.

It's the only way to beat Nadal, especially on a clay surface," asserted Wolfgang Thiem. Wolfgang Thiem doesn't think his son can take Novak Djokovic lightly as an opponent either. "It was a very balanced game.

It was 2-1 in sets, then it was 2-1 in set 4, there were break points," said Dominic Thiem's father. "If Dominic had managed to break it, perhaps he would have won his first Grand Slam title. Sometimes you win tough matches, sometimes you lose.

The most important thing, however, is to maintain the same high level all the time, which has been seen in the case of Dominic for several years." Dominic Thiem's growth on the tour has been ongoing since 2014, and he has now started beating the biggest stalwarts of the game on their preferred surfaces.

Dominic Thiem defeated Novak Djokovic on hard courts at the ATP Tour Finals last year, Rafael Nadal on clay at Madrid in 2018 and Barcelona in 2019, and Roger Federer on grass at Stuttgart in 2016.