How Thiem, like Nadal, made his game evolve to win on hard : The Eye of the Coach #9

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The Eye of the Coach is an exclusive video serie by tennis mastermind Patrick Mouratoglou. Watch him describe how Dominic Thiem emulated Rafael Nadal's evolution to become a complete player who can win on hardcourt, ahead of Australian Open 2020 final against Novak Djokovic on Sunday. In The Eye of the Coach #9, Patrick Mouratoglou describes how Dominic Thiem emulated Rafael Nadal's evolution to become a complete player who can win on hardcourt, ahead of Australian Open 2020 final against Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Since the beginning of his career, the Austrian is regarded as a clay court specialist. But his victory in Indian Wells in 2019 and his final in Nitto ATP Finals, also in 2019, changed that. And now, after his win against Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semi-finals, his first win against the world number one in Grand Slam, Dominic Thiem will play his first hard-court Grand Slam final. "When you're able to take the ball earlier, and have him caught in his preparation, he is playing much shorter. 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 Rafael Nadal. Dominic Thiem proved that he’s able to play really well on hard court by beating Roger Federer (Indian Wells 2019), Rafael Nadal (Australian Open 2020) and Novak Djokovic (Nitto ATP Finals 2019) on that surface. Dominic Thiem "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." Now he’s in front of a mountain. He will face Novak Djokovic, who never lost a final at the Australian Open and who already won seven titles there ! The Serbian leads 6-4 in career head to head with the Austrian, but Thiem won their last two meetings in Grand Slams, at Roland-Garros in 2017 and 2019.

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#9 How Thiem, like Nadal, made his game evolve to win on hard

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