World No. 4 Dominic Thiem has been one of the best players on the ATP tour over the past couple of years. Besides, winning the 1000 Masters, 500s and 250s, the Austrian has also been a regular threat at the Grand Slams.
The 27-year-old first made the finals of Roland Garros in 2018, where he lost to the King of Clay in straight sets. In the following year too, he reached the finals, only to be denied by the Spaniard bull again. However, on that occasion, Thiem did manage to push Nadal to four entertaining sets.
Thereafter, Thiem entered the finals of the Australian Open on the hard courts of Melbourne in 2020. This time he fell victim to the endurance and grit of Serbian great, Novak Djokovic.
In Melbourne that evening, Thiem led Djokovic by two sets to one, and was on the cusp of victory in the final set. Unfortunately, the top-ranked player’s experience at the big stage made the difference in the end.
Thiem wins his maiden Slam in New York
Finally after three finals, Thiem got his hands on the Holy Grail at the 2020 US Open in New York. Playing his friend and rival, Alexander Zverev in the finals, the match had all the ingredients of a classic. However, both players were far from their best and the match had to be decided in the final set, where Thiem eventually prevailed.
While Thiem has shown great proficiency playing on clay and hard courts, his results on the grass have not been satisfying. In fact, he is yet to get past the fourth round at the All England Club.
Now, Thiem will make another appearance at Roland Garros and despite his injuries and poor run on the dirt this season, he will be one of the contenders to win the title. What remains to be seen is whether he falls into the Nadal’s half of the draw or goes into the Djokovic section.
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