How Thiem, like Nadal, evolved his game to win on hard: The Eye of the Coach #9
- 31 January 2020 à 18H00
"When you're able to take the ball earlier, and have him caught in his preparation, he is playing much shorter," Mouratoglou says. "This is where he made so much progress on hard court. He decided to shorten his preparation. If you're able to do that on hard, you're very dangerous."
Thiem "is one of the few guys who are going to win Grand Slams in the next five years"The Austrian has made some strategic changes in his game to be competitive on all surfaces, like Nadal. Thiem proved that he’s able to play really well on hard court by beating Roger Federer (Indian Wells 2019), Nadal (Australian Open 2020) and Novak Djokovic (Nitto ATP Finals 2019) on that surface.
"Physically, he is really a beast. He believes in himself because he won big tournaments. He beat the best players in the world. He is one of the few guys who are going to win Grand Slams in the next five years."Thiem leads Zverev 7-3 in their 10 meetings and has won their past three matches. While Zverev, who will be playing in his first Grand Slam final, has dropped six sets on his way through, Thiem lost just one and though the pressure is on him, having lost all three of his Grand Slam finals, he has the form and experience, which makes him the favourite.
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