Dominic Thiem reached the Australian Open 2020 semifinal by winning a great match against Rafael Nadal. It almost seems like a passing of the baton, or even a revenge for the last matches lost by the Austrian against the Spaniard in the Slams.
Thiem has been showing significant improvements on hard-courts for a year now; just consider that of the last six titles won, Thiem won four on hard-courts. Today's victory against Rafa came thanks to a great solidity from the baseline and an excellent variety in the shots.
In the Melbourne semifinal Thiem will meet Alexander Zverev, in what can be considered a first look at the imminent future.