Dominic Thiem won the first Grand Slam title of his career, the US Open, beating Alexander Zverev in the final. The Austrian deserved the success, showing an energetic tennis, full of winners and pure competitive spirit. The Wiener Neustadt native reached the prestigious milestone at the age of 27, in the prime of his sporting maturity, containing his instincts and gaining awareness of his skills.
A reliable serve, an effective forehand and an explosive backhand. The main features of Thiem's game make us reflect on the fact that he can be considered the perfect prototype of the modern tennis player. So, it is legitimate to ask why a Grand Slam came only after so much suffering, so many painful defeats, so many admissions of guilt, so many ruinous falls.
Paradoxically, Thiem's best quality is his worst flaw: impulsiveness. The Austrian's sporting madness drags him towards winning shots beyond all logic, as well as towards blue pencil errors, even in the open field.
What has changed in Thiem's game, why he won the US Open? The '93 class managed to go beyond their limits, not for this by distorting the usual game, demonstrating that they want to reach their goal at all costs.
Thiem quashed the speculations about the alleged and exclusive effectiveness of his tennis on red, getting the biggest win on the fast. During a recent discussion on Tennis Channel, former WTA star Lindsay Davenport asserted that Dominic Thiem first needs to prove himself against Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer at the business end of Slams.
Davenport praises Dominic Thiem
"I think pretty big, that’s really his next step," Lindsay Davenport said. "First of all he has won the US Open, that’s amazing. You can see what a difference it was.
That’s interesting to see Thiem take the next step and be able to beat one of those guys (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer) in the final in the big moment. It’s going to happen, he's so good. Gotta think that winning the US Open took a lot of pressure off him as well.
But truly that is the next step, beating, one of those guys in a Slam final." During the talk show, Lindsay Davenport also explained why Dominic Thiem was right to part ways with long-time coach Gunter Bresnik. "Dominic Thiem had been with Gunter Bresnik for so long," Davenport said.
"Even if the coaches are sometimes saying the same things, sometimes the relationships just get a little bit stale. Dominic is also very fortunate to have his father who is also a coach and he has always been there, he helped a lot with the transition to Nicolas Massu," Davenport added.
"Kinda letting Massu know 'this is what my son is like' and I think players sometimes, they like to hear certain messages from former players."