Gunter Bresnik: 'Thiem amazed me, but Nadal is the favourite in Paris'

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Gunter Bresnik: 'Thiem amazed me, but Nadal is the favourite in Paris'

Gunter Bresnik is 'amazed' by his player Dominic Thiem's win over the Spaniard Rafael Nadal in Rome quarter-finals. Taking the Revenge of the finals lost in Barcelona and Madrid in a such important event is the greatest thing ever for Bresnik, who said this is the best feeling a coach can ever have.

'After all, I've been at Dominic's side since he was eight ... That's both an advantage and a disadvantage. On the one hand, you have to be careful not to get stuck in routines. On the other hand, it gives you the chance to shape a player exactly according to your own ideas.

Dominic isn't the perfect player', Bresnik admitted. 'That's Federer. But he draws out the quintessential of his natural abilities. It's enormously satisfying. What counts is performing to the maximum of his abilities.

That was the case today [yesterday].' Is the win a special relief for him? 'Yes, because I find that Rafa right now is playing the best tennis of his life, or almost. Beating him on Centre Court in Rome, in the quarter finals, that has a different significance from beating him in the semis at Buenos Aires [February 2016].

What impressed me the most was how he kept it up for two sets without the slightest bump. That amazed me.' Bresnik was careful when he got asked if Thiem is the favourite to win Roland Garros, where last year he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

'There's only one favourite. That's Rafa. After that, there are outsiders like Murray, Djokovic and Dominic. But I have no worries about supposed pressure. If he's always had one quality, it's keeping his feet on the ground.' Translation by Mark Nixon Twitter account ALSO READ: ATP ENTRY LISTS: Thiem to play in Antalya, Cuevas in Eastbourne