Coach Gunter Bresnik absolutely believes that Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson and Japanese Kei Nishikori are beatable opponents for his pupil Dominic Thiem. Thiem, who is set to make his third Nitto ATP Finals appearance, has been placed in Group Lleyton Hewitt with Anderson, Nishikori and Swiss Roger Federer.
The 25-year-old Austrian failed to make it past the Round Robin stage in his previous two appearances at The O2 Arena. During an exclusive interview with Spox.com, coach Bresnik revealed that world No. 8 Thiem will fly to London on Thursday.
The Austrian will be playing on the opening day of the season-ending event as he and Anderson will open the singles action at The O2 Arena. "Nishikori and Anderson are opponents, where Dominic can win, but also lose.
I can throw a coin there. It is important how well the players feel with the local conditions. There are so many ifs," Bresnik said, as revealed by Twitter user De Nela. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, German Alexander Zverev, Croatian Marin Cilic and USA's John Isner have been placed in Group Guga Kuerten.
"The only ones who really make a strong impression there will be Federer and Djokovic. Otherwise, every match will be very open. That's what I hope for the audience. And also for me. Because these flat matches like against Nishikori or Khachanov are not good for the audience or the coach," Bresnik opinioned.