Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are plus 30 years old and they still have success at the highest level. Dominic Thiem is already 24 years old and he may have a bigger success late in his career. But the former world No.
1 Boris Becker believes that Thiem should not think about the three legends. 'You should not make the mistake to be compared with Nadal or Federer', Becker told Kurier. 'These may be the best players of all time. Dominic Thiem is Dominic Thiem!
But I think he can be successful for a long time. Gunter Bresnik does not make him play every week, but coincides him breaks for the recovery. This is important to have a long career and a good year.' Becker won the Australian Open in 1991 and 1996.
What makes the first Grand Slam of the year more special? 'You are looking forward to come back under the sun after a long winter and play tennis outdoor. Yeah, the trip to DownUnder is hard and there is a ten-hour jet lag than Germany) - you have to do everything before.
But most of the players come two or three weeks before to play in Sydney, Brisbane or at the Hopman Cup in Perth. You only need time to suit to these conditions. The event is very well-organized and it is especially in favour of players.
The player's hotel is not far away from the club and you have good opportunities of training in Melbourne. So the conditions are ideal for players.' Are there special secrets to deal with the heat? 'Nothing special, except drinking enough and staying fit.
You have to mentally face the fact that the heat can be tough.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title