Dominic Thiem's 2021 has been to be forgotten until now, between the loss of motivation and the recent wrist injury. After the triumph at the US Open last year, which made him the first player born in the 90s to raise a Grand Slam, it was reasonable to assume that the Austrian's career had entered the so-called 'prime'
Already from the first months of this season, it became clear that something had cracked. The 27-year-old admitted that he had to deal with a phase of depression, no longer able to bring into play the energy that had always distinguished him.
Just as the situation was improving, the unfortunate wrist accident came on the eve of Wimbledon. Although the rehabilitation is progressing in the best way, it is still unclear whether Thiem will be able to defend the title in New York in about a month.
The fact that Dominic won the US Open without having to face anyone between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had taken a pinch of shine from his success. In a long interview with 'Puntodebreak', his coach Nicolas Massu took stock of Thiem's condition.
Nicolas Massu on the Big 3
Nicolas Massu first talked about the GOAT race between Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Massu highlighted how each of them has achieved incredible things in the sport, thereby making it difficult to choose one.
"Each has their own story, all three have achieved incredible things and different records," Nicolas Massu said. "I put them on the same level. That they continue to win at this age helps us others to understand what the path is, to understand that we still have to do to reach them.
They make the level of tennis better every year, we are living in a spectacular generation, they are the three greatest in history. I have always said, I prefer that they are always in the tournaments that Dominic wins, because that will mean that he is at a great level," Massu said.
"When he is well I know that he can beat anyone, he is still young but he already has a lot of experience. I am confident that the next 5-6 years can be the best. It is from difficult moments that one becomes strong."
Nicolas Massu went on to reveal that his charge is continuing his recovery with constant guidance from his doctors. "He (Dominic Thiem) continues to advance with his recovery, every day we are in contact and also with the doctors," Massu said.
"He was unlucky, he was playing well in Mallorca, motivated, we saw him happy on the court ... but sometimes things happen that you don't expect."