The Story of Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem, who sponsors the Pure Drive Racquet, is an Austrian tennis player who won ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) early in his career.  On March 2, 2020, he achieved his career-high ATP world no. 3 rankings. His achievement includes 17 ATP tour single titles with one Grand Slam title at the 2020 US open. In the 2020 US Open, he defeated German Alexander Zverve in the final and became the first 1990s male player to get a Grand Slam title. With this achievement, he also became the first Austrian player to win the US Open singles title. His hard work brings his career to this point, as this was not easy for him to get such achievements. He reached in finals of Grand Slams three times before, but he lost in the 2018 and 2019 French Open to Rafael Nadal and the 2020 Australian Open to Novak Djokovic. Dominic Thiem also won a runner-up trophy in the 2019 ATP finals, where Stefanos Tsitsipas won against him.

Childhood and Early Life

Dominic Thiem was born on September 3, 1993, in Weiner Neustadt, Austria. He was the son of Wolfgang and Karin Thiem, who were both tennis coaches. He belongs to a tennis-playing family as his brother named Moritz Theim is also a professional tennis player.

Dominic Theim started playing tennis when he was six years old. His father Wolfgang, started working as a coach at Gunter Bresnik academy in 1997 in Vienna when Thiem’s was three. Later Bresnik became Thiem’s coach from age nine.

Thiem also loves to watch soccer matches. We can say that he is a fan of soccer as he supports Chelsea in the Premier League. He also found his football club named 1. TCF Matzendorf.

Style of Play

Thiem is a right-handed baseliner who gets huge cuts with his racquet almost every single shot. He stands firm behind the baseline and uses his entire body weight to throw groundstrokes. This is why he is considered one of the hardest hitters on the tour day. He is one of the few ATP players who uses a single-handed backhand.

He chooses to stay behind the baseline and seldom comes to the net. He normally doesn’t use the slice unless he is pushed into a defensive position. He takes time to prepare his shots and throw a marvelous topspin and power on his forehand. Like most tennis players, Thiem does not wear sunglasses when he plays. 

Strength and weakness

Dominic Thiem has incredible forehand and backhand forward momentum, which can defeat the opponent. Thiem has two great assets, power, and foot speed, because he can outrun and outhit most players.

Thiem’s defense capability is also very strong as he is quick and can cover a lot of ground. However, his backhand sometimes creates errors out of nowhere. His strategy to try and hit the cover off the ball every shot, but that has become his disadvantage sometimes. He is also criticized for not having an alternate game plan when his shots are not firing.

Junior Career of Dominic Thiem

On January 3, 2011, Thiem got a world no. 2 ITF junior ranking (combined singles and playing doubles).

He defeated Kyle Edmund, Filip Horansky, Michell Kruger, Oriol Roca Batalia, and Mate Delic and reached in the finals of the 2011 French Open Boys event.

Thiem marked his junior career by winning three singles tournaments by getting the singles title at Dunlop Orange Bowl Tournament in Plantation, Florida. Thiem’s junior career was completed with a 115-33 win-loss record in singles and 49-32 win-loss record in doubles.

Career and Achievements

The career and achievements of Dominic Theim are described below:

From 2011-2013

  • In 2011, Thiem got wild card entry to the main draw of Kitzbuhel, Bangkok, and Vienna. In Vienna, Thiem won his first ATP match by defeating Thomas Muster, before losing to Steve Darcis in the second round.
  • In 2013, Theim again got a wild card to the main draw in Kitzbuhel, where he made his place in the quarterfinals by defeating Jurgen Melzer in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Albert Montanes defeated Theim in straight sets.
  • Theim also made a place in his second quarterfinal of the year of an ATP 250 event. He was given a wild card and lost from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three tough sets.

2014: First ATP Final

  • In 2014, Thiem qualified for the Australian Open’s main draw. He reached in the second round by defeating Joao Sousa in four sets at the Grand Slam tournament. But then Kevin Anderson defeated Theim in the second round.
  • He also qualified for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in February 2014. He won the second round by defeating Andy Murray in three sets but lost in the third round.
  • At BNP Paribas Open, he qualified for the main draw and defeated Daniel Kosakowski in the first round. In the second round, he recorded the highest winning rank by defeating world no. 6 Gilles Simon in straight sets.
  • He also qualified for the main draw at Sony Open Tennis in 2014 and defeated Lukas Rosol in the first round. But he lost in the second round against Tommy Robredo.
  • Thiem got a wild card for the main draw for Monte-Carlo Masters, but Nicolas Mahut defeated him in the first round in three sets.
  • Next week, he qualified for the main draw at the Barcelona Open and defeated Radek Stepanek and Marcel Granollers. He lost in the third round against Santiago Giraldo.
  • In 2014, Thiem qualified for the main tour event at the Madrid Open for the seventh time. Here he had big success of his career and defeated world no. 3 Stan Wawrinka in three sets.
  • At the French Open, he faced off a Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu and defeated him. In the second round, he went against world no. 1 defending champion, Rafael Nadal, and was defeated in seven games.
  • After that, Theim lost consecutive first rounds at Aegon Championships in London and the Wimbledon Championships in 2014.
  • Thiem qualified for an ATP tournament for the first time at Swiss Open Gstaad. He lost in the first round.
  • At the Austrian Open Kitzbuhel, he got the biggest achievement as he defeated Marcel Granollers, a defending champion.

2015: Three ATP Titles

  • In 2015, at Rotterdam, he defeated Ernest Gulbis.
  • At the Rome Masters, he reached the third round by defeating Gilles Simon, and later Stan Wawrinka defeated Thiem in the third round.
  • The biggest breakthrough in his career came when he won his first ATP World Tour title in Nice, France, where he defeated Nick Kyrgios, Ernest Gulbis, John Isner, and Leonardo Mayer.
  • He marked his first-ever win in Wimbledon Championships where he defeated Israel’s Dudi Sela in four sets.
  • After Wimbledon, he took part in the 2015 Croatia Open Umag and got eliminated in the second round.
  • After wins over Dusan Lajovic and Andreas Haider-Maurer, Thiem qualified for the semifinals and defeated Gael Monfils and earned a place for himself in third career final. He defeated Portugal’s Joao Sousa in straight sets in the final and received his second career ATP World Tour title.
  • 2015 proved a lucky year for Thiem as a week later; he won his third title at Swiss Open Gstaad, where he defeated David Goffin in the final.
  • At the Generali Open Kitzbuhel, he entered the ATP tournament as a top-seeded player. He reached the semifinals by defeating many top players.
  • For the first time, Thiem marked his place in the top 20, reaching a new career height at number 18 in the world.

Achievements of 2016: The first Grand Slam Semifinals and Top 10 Rankings

  • Thiem started the year 2016 by reaching in semifinals in Brisbane, where he defeated James Duckworth, Denis Kudla, and world no. 13 Marin Cilic.
  • He entered in Sydney International and lost in the second round due to recurring right foot blister.
  • In the Australian Open, he reached the third round but defeated by David Goffin in four sets.
  • In the Argentina Open, he reached the semifinals by defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal and won his fourth ATP title by defeating Nicolas Almagro.
  • In the next tournament Rio Open, he reached the semifinals but lost the match due to fatigue.
  • On February 22, 2016, he got a career-high ranking of 15 and was named “ATP’s Mover of the Week.”
  • In February, Thiem won Mexican Open in Acapulco and got his first ATP 500 title. With this win, he got a career-high ranking of 14 on February 29.
  • In the Italian Open, he defeated Roger Federer and got his 4th top 10 wins.
  • In Nice, he defended his title and reached the semifinals. But he lost in the semifinals by world no. 1. Due to the semifinals, he moved into the top 10 positions at no. 7.
  • In the second half of 2016, he qualified for the finals in Metz but didn’t win. At the end of the year, he was ranked as world No. 8.

Achievements of 2017: First Masters-1000 final and World No. 4

  • Thiem started this year by playing Brisbane International, both in singles and doubles. He lost in the quarterfinals against Grigor Dimitrov.
  • As a top seed, Thiem played Apia International Sydney and reached in the quarterfinals by defeating Gastao Elian but lost to Dan Evans.
  • He entered Sofia Open and was defeated in the first match. He then headed to Rotterdam for the first ATP 500 event of the year, as a second seed. Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeated Thiem in the quarterfinals.
  • In the Mexican Open, He again played ATP 500 and became the defending champion by reaching the quarterfinals. But later, Sam Querrey won the match.
  • Thiem participated in BNP Paribas Open for the Masters 1000 event of the year and reached the quarterfinals. He was defeated in the semifinals.
  • At Wimbledon and US Open, he reached the fourth round. Somehow, with his efforts, he improved his career-high ranking to world No. 4.

Achievements of 2018: First Major Final

  • In mid-February, Thiem won his ninth ATP tour title by defeating Horacio Zeballos, Pella, Monfils, and Aijaz Beden in the Argentina Open.
  • Talking about clay season, Thiem played his tournament in Monte Carlo and reached to quarterfinals. Rafael Nadal defeated Thiem in the quarterfinals.
  • In Barcelona, he again reached the quarterfinals.
  • In Madrid, he again reached the quarterfinals to face Rafael Nadal, and he won this time by ending Rafael’s 21-match and record 50-set winning streak on clay.
  • At the French Open, he made his place in the finals by defeating many outstanding players. In the finals, again, he had to face Rafael Nadal, and this time, Thiem lost against him.
  • However, 2018 ended with the ranking of World No. 8.

Achievements of 2019: Masters-1000 title, major final, ATP Finals 

  • At the Indian Wells Masters, he made a place in the finals where he had to face Roger Federer in three sets. He defeated Roger and claimed his first ATP Masters-1000 title.
  • This time he returned to his career ranking World No. 4.
  • At the China Open, Thiem defeated Andy Murray to make a place in the semifinals. With this win, he made a place in the 2019 ATP finals, where he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to get his first title in Asia.

Achievements of 2020: First Grand Slam Title, Australian Open Final, top 3 ranking

  • At the Australian Open, seeded fifth, Thiem made his place in quarterfinals by defeating Monfils, Alex, and Fritz. He faced 2019 finalist Rafael Nadal and defeated him in the final match.
  • On March 2, 2020, Theim got his new career-high ranking of World No.3.
  • Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Indian Wells Masters was postponed.
  • Dominic Thiem, after years of hard work, won the 2020 US Open.

 

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