Coach Nicolas Massu hopes to lead Dominic Thiem to No. 1 position

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Coach Nicolas Massu hopes to lead Dominic Thiem to No. 1 position

Coach Nicolas Massu says he will give his best effort to help his pupil Dominic Thiem achieve his full potential as he insists the Austrian world No. 4 has a potential to one day become the world No. 1 player. Thiem, who achieved a career-high ranking of No.

4 in the world in 2017, hasn't made any ranking improvement since then and most likely won't break into the top-3 this season as the third-ranked Roger Federer is 2025 points ahead of the 25-year-old. After a slow start to the season, Thiem's form improved shortly after adding Massu to his team in February as the Austrian has won three titles since then -- with the biggest one being a maiden Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells.

"So at the moment, we are happy to work together and I hope that he’ll continue in this direction. I’m happy to work with him because he’s also an unbelievable player, an unbelievable talent, he’s a great personality and he has a great family and a great team around him.

We’ve known each other for a short period, but we have a great connection," 2004 Athens Olympics champion Massu told the Olympic Games website. "We know what we have to work on, and I will try to give 100 per cent of my efforts to make Dominic the best player that he can be.

Now he’s world number four, and he knows and I know that from now till the end of his career, he has the chance to fight for number one."