Dominic Thiem: The Younger Gen Can Beat Big 4 Players, But It’s Hard Beating Multiple Big 4s In Events
by Tom Gainey | August 8th, 2017, 10:30 am

Dominic Thiem is among the very best of the younger generation. The 23-year-old has wins over Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, and he’s twice made the semifinals at the French Open. So he has the wins and the results, but he says, the problem isn’t beating a Big 4 player, instead, it’s having to beat more than one to win a big title.

Maybe the gap is not that big playing-wise,” Thiem said Monday in Canada. “I think we can beat them now. I think it’s just very difficult for us to win the big titles, to win the Grand Slam tournaments. We can beat one of them for sure, like, almost every day, but to win a Grand Slam you have to beat two or even three of them. I mean, that’s why it’s so tough to win these big titles.”

Thiem opens play tonight in Montreal against good friend Diego Schwartzman.

“I’m feeling much better than last season,” Thiem added. “It was everything new for me to play that many matches, to play that many tournaments, and to go deep as well.

“This year is really different. I mean, last year I had a lot of points from the 250 tournaments, from the 500 tournaments. This year it’s completely change. I have almost all my points from Grand Slams, 1000s, these events.”

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8 Comments for Dominic Thiem: The Younger Gen Can Beat Big 4 Players, But It’s Hard Beating Multiple Big 4s In Events

RZ Says:

Lots of truth to this. It’s why we haven’t seen a lot of slam or masters titles from the likes of Berdych, Tsonga, Monfils, Ferrer, Nishikori, Raonic, etc.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Yes RZ, and its almost the definition of the difference between a contender and a spoiler/ racquet buster. If Thiem wants a better career than the ones you mentioned, he’d better figure out how to win multiple big matches in a row.

Humble Rafa Says:

Timmy Boy has a good future. I know it.

FedExpress Says:

I rate Zverev higher than Thiem atm. Thiem struggles on surfaces outside of clay, Zverev is more allround and despite his younger age more mature than Thiem when it comes to handle pressure.

t4t Says:

I agree with FedExpress.

Daniel Says:

Thiem had MP and hit a silly drop shot (a shot you never hit on MP, too risky). Missed it, and was broken. Now Shwartz broke him again and will serve for the match.

FedExpress Says:

Thiem proved my point tonight.

He is a Dimitrov/Nishikori/Raonic in the making. Good but not quite good enough.

t4t Says:


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