In an interview to the Roland Garros website, Dominic Thiem's coach Nicolas Massu commented on the Austrian player's mentality in the French Open. Massu has been working with Thiem since February and they have a close relationship.
“It’s important that he feels I am playing the match with him", said the Chilean. "He played much better in this match than in the first two, playing great at some moments, and a few mistakes when he was up.
That’s why he lost the second set. But five-set tennis is not easy. We are happy to work together. He is a great player, a real talent, a great person. The results are coming so fast, even though we’ve only been together for three months.
Every day is important for us because we are starting to know each other more and more. We are working very hard, with a lot of motivation and passion. We are both winners. But of course at 25 years old, he has developed a style of game, so the work we are doing is about very small things to make a very big difference.
He’s No.4 in the world – I’m not telling him to change his forehand or serve or backhand”. Thiem reached last year's final losing to Rafael Nadal and he and Massu hope that this year will be the right one to bring the trophy.
“I was born to clay. There was nothing else for me", said Massu. "Dominic’s best results are on clay – semi-finalist here in 2017, 2018, final last year. But he has a great talent for hard court. We are working very hard and I am giving my best to help Dominic achieve his goals.
We are here to win the tournament. I want to make his dream come true. His goal is to be No.1”.