A two-time Grand Slam finalist, Dominic Thiem has taken his combined win-loss record against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic from 7-15 to 14-18 since January 2019. The young Austrian is considered by many a rock-solid player, one of the main candidates to top the ATP ranking once the domination of the Big Three comes to an end.
Given the fact that he has been right on their trail for months already, this should not be a surprise. One of the major pillars on which Thiem’s achievements and promising future rest is his coach Nicolas Massu, the former World No.
9 who has been in the Austrian’s team since early 2019. Taking advantage of the Tour suspension that has frozen all tennis activities, the ATP interviewed Massu to understand more about how determinant is his role in coaching Thiem.
The Chilean explained that he analyzes his player’s opponents as sustantially as he can - watching whole match videos and statistics among other sources -, but goes to the extra mile when it comes to prepare for a match against one of the Big Three players.
"It is understandable that the three of them, [Roger] Federer, [Novak] Djokovic and [Rafael] Nadal, require more preparation,” said Massu. “So I like to rewatch videos of what was useful in the previous games, how Dominic [Thiem] did it, what went well, what went wrong.
I like to learn from triumphs and obviously from defeats, which hurt but make you stronger and help you to improve in the future."