'Federer, Nadal, Djokovic being in final stages of careers help Thiem'

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'Federer, Nadal, Djokovic being in final stages of careers help Thiem'

In an interview to EFE, Dominic Thiem's coach Nicolas Massu commented on the 25-year-old's improvements in the recent months. "When you are 25 years old and you are a world No. 4, you can only aim to get to the top.

He has several years in front of him, he is young but also experienced winning major titles and playing Grand Slam finals. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who are currently above him, are toward the final part of their careers, so time is on Thiem's side", said Massu.

On the benefits of their new co-operation, the Chilean added: "Two people of different personalities get stronger. I am South American, he is Austrian, we have different cultures and personalities. I am very happy to be able to work with a person like him.

Besides being a great talent, a great player, he is a great person. His family as well, they opened the doors to me in order to work together. I try to make him improve, to accomplish his goals. He was far away from his best level when we started, then he won his most important title and you need to credit him.

He is an amazing player. Working with him is easy, he gives his best on fitness training and tennis. He has a Champion mentality." Thiem reached for the second year in a row the final at the French Open, being defeated in four sets by Rafael Nadal.