Which player could trouble Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic struggle at the upcoming Australian Open? Former doubles world No. 1 Todd Woodbridge has the answer. Speaking with Tennis Smash, Woodbridge said: “You have to look at Thiem.
The physicality in his body is fantastic. He’s just ripping the ball. He obviously played brilliantly at the end of the year in the ATP Finals. He didn’t win the final, but I think he’s the one who’s ready to win a Slam, because of that.
His game has evolved to beat Federer, he has managed to stay with Rafa, and if you can penetrate Novak’s defences and have him lose confidence in his moving, then you can beat him. He’s devised the game to beat the Big Three, and do it with power and precision”.
Thiem has already started his pre-season training in Miami, Florida. “Post-US Open there’s been a real turnaround. You might lose once and you can sweep that one away and kind of hide it under the carpet. But you can’t hide two or three losses – they start to become mental.
First, where you don’t believe as much as a top player, and second, the player that’s coming at them truly believes they can beat them. That’s where we’re at with the game right now – we’re at a turning point”.