Nicolas Massu, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, says he has studied the games of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic more than any of the other players. Massu is currently coaching Dominic Thiem and says he constantly analyzes the players so that it can help him in his role as the coach of the Austrian.
"I played with Federer and Nadal and Djokovic many years ago and I passed that experience on to Dominic. But tennis is evolving and I had to keep analyzing them. They are the players I have studied the most in my life. If you don't, it's hard to beat them."
Massu, who peaked at No. 9 in the world and won six ATP titles in his career, said that he has been analyzing other players, including his opponents since a young age. "As a boy I loved to analyze my rivals, I spent many hours at the club watching the others - and my next opponent, but also potential rivals in the future.
I would also look at the results, rank, inquire about them. I was trying to find out what the best ones do, but also those who are not so successful. As a coach, I am the same, I like to be aware of every detail - now it also uses technology, I try to use it to the best of my ability."
With Massu, Thiem has reached the finals of a Grand Slam for the first time this year in Australia. Thiem is currently ranked a career best No. 3 in the ATP world rankings behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.