Coach Nicolas Massu thinks winning the Indian Wells Masters was a turning point in Dominic Thiem's career. Thiem, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world, won his maiden Masters title in Indian Wells a year ago.
The Austrian recovered from a set down in the final to shock former world No. 1 Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 7-5. Thiem's winning run in Indian Wells came as a bit as surprise as many expected that the Austrian's maiden Masters title would come at a clay event.
The 26-year-old Austrian is probably the second best clay-court player on the Tour, just behind record 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. "Winning Indian Wells was a turning point for Dominic," Massu told ATP, as revealed on We Love Tennis France.
"From there, he showed that in addition to being a very good clay court player, he could shine on hard. He hired me saying that one of his goals was to improve his performance on hard and I think little by little he succeeded.
He is on the right track." After claiming his first Masters title, Thiem underlined that his next goal was to win a maiden Grand Slam title. The Austrian came close to winning his first Grand Slam title two months after Indian Wells but fell just short as he ended runner-up in the French Open final to Nadal.
Earlier this season, Thiem was a win away from winning his first Major title on hard but once again fell just short as he was beaten by Novak Djokovic in a five-set Australian Open final.