Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem (German pronunciation: [ˈdɔmɪnɪk ˈtiːm];[1] born 3 September 1993) is an Austrian professional tennis player. His career-high ATP ranking in singles is world No. 3, which he first achieved on 2 March 2020, and in doubles is No. 67, which he achieved on 7 October 2019. He is the second-highest ranked Austrian player in history, behind former world No. 1 Thomas Muster. He has won 17 ATP Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam title at the 2020 US Open where he came back from two sets down to defeat German Alexander Zverev in the final. With the win, Thiem became the first male player born in the 1990s to claim a Grand Slam singles title, as well as the first Austrian to win a US Open singles title. He had previously reached three other Grand Slam finals, losing at the 2018 and 2019 French Open to Rafael Nadal, and at the 2020 Australian Open to Novak Djokovic. Thiem was also the runner-up of the 2019 and 2020 ATP Finals, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev respectively.

Dominic Thiem
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Thiem at the 2018 French Open
Country (sports) Austria
ResidenceLichtenwörth, Austria
Born (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 27)
Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2011
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachNicolás Massú (2019–)
Günter Bresnik (2002–2019)
Prize moneyUS$ 28,163,125
Official websitedominicthiem.at
Singles
Career record300–157 (65.6% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles17
Highest rankingNo. 3 (2 March 2020)
Current rankingNo. 3 (2 March 2020)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (2020)
French OpenF (2018, 2019)
Wimbledon4R (2017)
US OpenW (2020)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsF (2019, 2020)
Doubles
Career record39–71 (35.5%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 67 (7 October 2019)
Current rankingNo. 112 (9 November 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2016)
French Open1R (2014, 2015, 2016)
Wimbledon2R (2014)
US Open2R (2014, 2016)
Team competitions
Davis Cup10–6 (62.5%)
Last updated on: 23 November 2020.

As a junior, Thiem was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world. He qualified for the 2011 French Open Boys' final, and won the 2011 Orange Bowl. As a professional, he broke into the top 100 for the first time in 2014. In 2015, he won his first ATP title at the 2015 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur in France. The next year he reached his first grand slam semifinals at the 2016 French Open, by doing so he for the first time rose into the top ten of the world rankings where he has since been a permanent fixture. He went on to reach his first ATP Tour Masters 1000 final in 2017 at the Madrid Open, before reaching his first Grand Slam final the following year. Thiem won his first Masters 1000 title at the 2019 Indian Wells Masters, beating Roger Federer in the final.

Early life and backgroundEdit

Thiem was born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria on 3 September 1993 to Wolfgang and Karin Thiem, both of whom are tennis coaches.[2] He has a younger brother, Moritz Thiem, who is also a professional tennis player. Thiem grew up in Lichtenwörth and began playing tennis when he was six years old.[2]

Thiem's father, Wolfgang, began working as a coach at Günter Bresnik's academy in Vienna in 1997, when Thiem was just three years old. Bresnik became Thiem's coach formally from age nine.[3]

Junior careerEdit

Thiem reached an ITF Junior ranking of world No. 2 (combined singles and doubles) on 3 January 2011.[4]

He reached the final of the 2011 French Open Boys' event by defeating Kyle Edmund, Michell Kruger, Filip Horanský, Oriol Roca Batalla and Mate Delić before losing a close final to Bjorn Fratangelo, in three sets.[5]

Thiem completed his junior career by winning his last three singles tournaments, culminating in taking the singles title at the Orange Bowl tournament in Plantation, Florida, United States.[6] Thiem finished his junior career with a 115–33 win-loss record in singles and 49–32 win-loss record in doubles.[4]

CareerEdit

2011–13Edit

Thiem turned pro in 2011, mainly competing in ITF Futures events and making his ATP main draw debut after he received wild cards to the main draw of Kitzbühel, Bangkok and Vienna. In Vienna, Thiem recorded his first ATP win, over Thomas Muster, before losing to Steve Darcis in the second round.[7] In 2012, Thiem continued to compete mainly at Futures level, going 34-15 in matches with three titles.[2]

In 2013 Thiem competed in Futures and ATP Challengers, while also receiving wild cards at ATP Tour level to his home events in Kitzbühel and Vienna. In Kitzbühel he made it through to the quarterfinals by defeating the fourth seed Jürgen Melzer in the second round. He lost in the quarterfinals to Albert Montañés in straight sets. At the Vienna Open, Thiem reached his second quarterfinal of the year losing to the top seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in three tough sets.[6]

2014: First ATP finalEdit

 
Thiem in 2014

Thiem entered the top 100 for the first time in 2014, and was the youngest player to end the year in the top 50, ranked 39, having started the year ranked 137. He spent the first half of the year entering qualifying for ATP Tour events, and was successful seven out of eight times.[8] Thiem began the year at the Qatar Open by qualifying for the main draw, but lost to Peter Gojowczyk in the first round.[9] At the Australian Open, Thiem qualified for a place in the main draw. He defeated João Sousa in four sets for his first main-draw victory at a Grand Slam tournament. He then lost to 19th seed Kevin Anderson in the second round.[10] In February Thiem qualified for the Rotterdam Open, and in the second round of the main draw, he pushed Andy Murray to three sets, losing out in the third.[8] At Indian Wells Thiem qualified for the main draw and defeated American Daniel Kosakowski in the first round at his first Masters 1000. He recorded his highest ranked win to date in the second round against the 21st seed, Gilles Simon, in straight sets.[8] He lost in the next round to Julien Benneteau.[11] The next week he succeeded in qualifying for the main draw at the Miami Open but lost to Tommy Robredo in the second round in a tight two setter.[12] Thiem received a wild-card for the main draw of the Monte-Carlo Masters.[8] But he was defeated in the first round by Nicolas Mahut in three sets.[13] The next week he went through qualifying for the main draw at the Barcelona Open. He beat Radek Štěpánek and Marcel Granollers, before losing to Santiago Giraldo in the third round.[14][15]

At the Madrid Open, Thiem qualified for a main tour event for the seventh time in 2014. In the second round he had the biggest win of his career when he defeated the world No. 3, Stan Wawrinka, in three sets.[8][16] Thiem started his campaign at the French Open by beating Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets. In the second round he faced world No. 1 and the defending champion, Rafael Nadal, but was defeated in straight sets, only winning seven games in the process.[17] Thiem suffered consecutive first-round losses on grass at the Queen's Club Championships in London, to David Goffin,[18] and at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships to Australian qualifier Luke Saville.[19]

After Wimbledon, Thiem played at the International German Open where he reached the third round before being defeated by Leonardo Mayer.[20][21] Thiem was seeded at an ATP tournament for the first time in his career at the Swiss Open Gstaad. Seeded eighth, he lost in the first round to wildcard Viktor Troicki.[22] At the Austrian Open Kitzbühel Thiem was seeded fifth. In the semifinal he beat Juan Mónaco to reach his first ATP World Tour 250 final at the age of 20. In the final, he fell to David Goffin despite being a set up.[23] Competing in his first ever US Open in 2014, Thiem reached the fourth round defeating 11th seed Ernests Gulbis, and 19th seed Feliciano López, before losing to sixth seed Tomáš Berdych.[24] At the end of the 2014 season Thiem completed four weeks of mandatory national service with the Austrian military.[25][26]

2015: Three ATP titlesEdit

Thiem had a slow start to the year, going 3-6 in matches before he reached his first Masters 1000 quarterfinals at the Miami Open.[2] Thiem was defeated in the first round of the Australian Open to Roberto Bautista Agut.[27] At Rotterdam he beat Ernests Gulbis but fell to Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round.[28] At the Open 13 in Marseille, he defeated João Sousa and David Goffin to reach the quarterfinals, where he was beaten by Bautista Agut.[29] The Austrian reached the quarterfinals at the Miami Open losing to Andy Murray in three sets.[30] At the Rome Masters he won over Gilles Simon to reach the third round, where he was defeated by Stan Wawrinka.[31] Thiem won his first career ATP World Tour title in Nice, France,[32] defeating Nick Kyrgios, Ernests Gulbis and John Isner en route, winning a close three-setter against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in the final.[33] At the 2015 French Open, Thiem defeated Aljaž Bedene to progress to the second round, where he was defeated by 21st seed Pablo Cuevas in four close sets.[34]

Thiem entered the Nottingham Open as the seventh seed, he defeated Malek Jaziri to claim his first win on grass in 2015, but was knocked out in the third round by Alexandr Dolgopolov.[35] Thiem competed at the third grand slam of the year, the Wimbledon Championships as the 32nd seed, marking the first time he had been seeded at a grand slam tournament. He defeated Israel's Dudi Sela in four sets, marking his first ever win at Wimbledon. In the second round, Thiem lost a close five-setter against Fernando Verdasco, despite being 2–1 up in sets.[36] After Wimbledon, he participated at the Croatia Open Umag as the fourth seed, which gave him a bye into the second round. After wins over Dušan Lajović and compatriot Andreas Haider-Maurer (after both players retired), Thiem advanced to the semifinals, where he defeated Gaël Monfils and earned himself a place in his third career final.[37] In the final, he defeated Portugal's João Sousa in straight sets to claim his second career ATP World Tour title.[38] A week later Thiem won his third title at the Swiss Open Gstaad, beating David Goffin in the final, winning back to back tournaments for the first time.[39]

Thiem next played at his home tournament, the Generali Open Kitzbühel, as the first seed which marked the first time he entered an ATP tournament as the top seeded player. After receiving a bye, he managed to avoid an early exit, as he gained a close three set win against Andreas Haider-Maurer.[40] He defeated Albert Montañés in the quarterfinals, after Montañés retired five games into the second set. In the semifinals he was denied a place in his third consecutive final when he lost to German Philipp Kohlschreiber, which ended his winning streak of ten matches.[41] After the tournament ended, Thiem entered the top 20 for the first time, reaching a new career high of world No. 18.[42]

2016: First Grand Slam semifinal and top 10 rankingEdit

Thiem won four titles in 2014, including a first at ATP 500 level at Acapulco, and reached the French Open semifinals, the first time he had progressed past the fourth round at grand slam level. Thiem started the year with a semifinal run in Brisbane on outdoor hard courts, beating world No. 13 Marin Čilić, but losing to Roger Federer in straight sets. Thiem reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to world No. 16, David Goffin, in four sets. Thiem next competed at the Argentina Open, where he was seeded fifth. In the semifinals he upset world No. 5 and defending champion Rafael Nadal in three sets. Thiem went on to win his fourth ATP title by defeating Nicolás Almagro in three sets.[43]

 
Dominic Thiem with coach Günter Bresnik, 2016

His next tournament was the Rio Open. Thiem reached the quarterfinals where he defeated David Ferrer, his second top-ten win in two weeks. He was defeated by Guido Pella in the semifinals, displaying signs of fatigue during the match.[44] In February, Thiem won the Mexican Open in Acapulco, his first hard court title. He defeated Bernard Tomic in the final. With this win, Thiem attained a career-high ranking of 14 on 29 February,[45][46] also rising to No. 3 in the Race to London.[47][48] In early March, Thiem participated in Austria's Davis Cup Group I first-round tie versus Portugal on indoor hard courts. In singles, he defeated Gastão Elias in a fifth set tiebreak. Partnering Alexander Peya, he also beat Elias and João Sousa in doubles.[49] In reverse singles, Thiem took down Sousa to give Austria a 3–1 lead, and the team went on to win the tie by four rubbers to one.[50]

Thiem competed at Indian Wells where he reached the fourth round before falling to world No. 9, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In March, at the Miami Open he reached the fourth round succumbing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.[51] Thiem then played at the Monte-Carlo Masters losing to Rafael Nadal in the third round. In late April, Thiem reached the ATP 250 final in Munich on outdoor clay, he played Philipp Kohlschreiber ultimately losing in three sets.[52] Thiem lost in the first round of the Madrid Open before he competed in the Italian Open. He defeated Roger Federer, who was suffering from a back injury, in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, Thiem lost to sixth seed Kei Nishikori. In Nice, Thiem successfully defended his title, beating Alexander Zverev in the final. At the French Open, Thiem reached the semifinals of a major for the first time by defeating David Goffin in the quarterfinals. He lost to No. 1 and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. By reaching this semifinal he also made his debut inside the top ten of ATP rankings as world No. 7.[53]

In early June, Thiem competed at the Stuttgart Open as the third seed. He defeated first seed Roger Federer in the semifinal. In the final, he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber over two days to win his first grass court tournament. With the win he became the 29th player in Open Era history (since May 1968) to win three titles on three different surfaces in the same year.[54] Thiem next competed at the Halle Open where he lost to Florian Mayer in the semifinal.[55] At Wimbledon, in the first round Thiem again encountered Florian Mayer, but this time he won. In the second round, Thiem was defeated by Jiří Veselý.[56] At the US Open, Thiem beat Pablo Carreño Busta to reach the fourth round, where he retired against Juan Martín del Potro due to right knee injury.[57] After the US Open, Thiem reached the final at the Moselle Open but lost to Lucas Pouille.[58] Thiem qualified for the ATP Finals for the first time losing his opening match to Novak Djokovic before he scored a win against Gaël Monfils, but was eliminated in the round robin stage following a loss to Milos Raonic. He ended the year ranked No. 8, his first time inside the top ten.[59]

2017: First Masters-1000 final and world No. 4Edit

Thiem improved his grand slam results in 2017, reaching the fourth round in all four, and a second consecutive semifinal at the French Open. Thiem began the year by playing at the Brisbane International, losing in the quarterfinals against eventual winner Grigor Dimitrov.[60] Thiem then played at the Sydney International as the top seed. Thiem overcame Gastao Elias but lost in the quarterfinals to Dan Evans.[61] At the Australian Open, Thiem advanced to the fourth round for the first time, but lost to Goffin for the second year in a row.[62] Thiem went to the Rotterdam Open for the first ATP 500 event of the year. After defeating Alexander Zverev and Gilles Simon, Thiem lost in the quarterfinals to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.[63] The following week, Thiem was again the second seed at an ATP 500 event, this time at the Rio Open. Thiem claimed his first title since June, defeating Pablo Carreño Busta in the final. This was Thiem's eighth ATP World Tour title, his sixth on clay, and his second at the 500 level.[64] Thiem played in his third consecutive ATP 500 event at the Mexican Open in Acapulco, where he was the defending champion. Seeded fourth, Thiem lost in the quarterfinals to Sam Querrey, who eventually won the tournament.[65]

At the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters he met Stan Wawrinka, losing a final set tie-breaker.[66] After losing his opening round match in Miami to Borna Ćorić, and a second round exit in Monte Carlo to David Goffin,[63] he made his 12th ATP tour final in Barcelona losing to Rafael Nadal in two sets.[67] En route he scored his first win over a current world No. 1, beating Andy Murray in the semifinals.[68] At the Madrid Open, Thiem reached his first Masters 1000 final against Rafael Nadal.[69] Thiem lost but showed an improvement over his Barcelona Open scores against Nadal.[70] Thiem defeated Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters 1000 tournament in two straight sets, before falling to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.[71] At the French Open, Thiem did not drop a set in his first five matches including defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic[72] before losing in the semifinal to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets.[73]

At the beginning of the grass court season, Thiem reached the second round of the Halle Open, losing to Robin Haase.[74] Then, in the second round of the Antalya Open, he was stunned by qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan, then ranked 222 in the world.[75] At Wimbledon, he reached the fourth round for the first time in his career, losing out to eventual semifinalist Tomáš Berdych in five sets.[76] Thiem then participated in the Washington Open, where he lost to Kevin Anderson in the third round.[77] At Montreal, he received a bye into the second round, but lost to Diego Schwartzman.[78] He then reached the quarterfinals of Cincinnati, where he lost to David Ferrer.[79] At the US Open, Thiem made it to the fourth round against 2009 US Open champion Juan Martín del Potro, he eventually lost in five sets, after failing to capitalize on two match points in the fourth set.[80] Thiem again struggled with form following the US Open, losing three straight matches in Chengdu, Tokyo and Shanghai.[81][82][83] Nonetheless, he qualified for the ATP Finals for the second straight year. Thiem then lost his second match in both Vienna and Paris to Richard Gasquet and Fernando Verdasco successively.[84] Thiem broke into the top five in the rankings for the first time in his career, rising to world No. 4. During the round robin stage ATP Finals, Thiem defeated Pablo Carreño Busta in three sets, but lost to David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov. He did not advance to the semifinals.[85]

2018: First major finalEdit

Thiem reached a first grand slam final at the French Open, and a first US Open quarterfinal in 2018, along with a second Masters 1000 final in Madrid. In late December 2017, coach Galo Blanco was added to Thiem's team and they worked together until the end of the 2018 tennis season.[86][87] Thiem began his season at the Qatar Open as the top seed. He reached the semifinals where he withdrew from his match against Gaël Monfils due to illness.[88] At the Australian Open, Thiem lost in the fourth round against Tennys Sandgren. This was equal to his result of the previous year at the Australian Open.[89] Thiem's next tournament in mid-February 2018 saw him win his ninth ATP Tour title at the Argentina Open, his second in Buenos Aires. This was his first title in nearly a year.[90] In Indian Wells, he won his second round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas.[91] In his third-round match against Pablo Cuevas, he rolled his ankle in winning in the first set, later retiring from the match. He skipped Miami because of the hairline-fracture-ankle injury.[92]

Thiem next played in Monte Carlo, losing to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.[93] In Barcelona, he again advanced to the quarterfinals, before falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas.[94] In Madrid, he faced Nadal in the quarterfinals. This time, he came through to win, ending Nadal's 21-match and record 50-set winning streak on clay.[95] Thiem had been the last man to win against Nadal on clay the previous year in Rome. Thiem then defeated Kevin Anderson to reach the final where he lost to Alexander Zverev in straight sets.[96] Thiem was the sixth seed at Rome, but lost his first match to Fabio Fognini in three sets.[97] Thiem then played in Lyon, where he came back from a set and a break down against Gilles Simon to win his 10th ATP title.[98] At the French Open, Thiem faced Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals, defeating him in straight sets.[99] In his third consecutive French Open semifinal, Thiem defeated unseeded Marco Cecchinato to advance to his first Grand Slam final.[100] He then lost in straight sets in the final to Rafael Nadal.[101]

Thiem lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in his first match at the Canadian Open,[102] and was forced to withdraw from Cincinnati due to illness.[103] At the US Open, he reached the fourth round for the third consecutive year. There, he faced 2017 finalist Kevin Anderson, defeating him in straight sets to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal on hard court, where he faced top seed Nadal.[104] This was their first meeting on a surface other than clay. In a shocking start to the match, Thiem won the first set, yielding only seven points. Nadal took control and won the second and third sets. Thiem then won the fourth set in a tiebreaker. Nadal won the fifth set tiebreaker to bring the match to an end at 2:04 AM local time, after 4 hours and 49 minutes of play.[105][106] Later that month, Thiem claimed a title at the St Petersburg Open. He defeated Martin Kližan to secure his ninth ATP 250 title.[107] At the Shanghai Masters, Thiem was upset by unseeded Matthew Ebden in his first match.[108] Thiem was the top seed at the Vienna Open, advancing to the quarterfinals where he lost to Kei Nishikori.[109] Then at the Paris Masters, Thiem was seeded sixth reaching the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Karen Khachanov.[110] At the ATP Finals, Thiem was eliminated in the group stage after winning one match, against Kei Nishikori,[111] and losing his two others, against Kevin Anderson and Roger Federer.[112][113] He ended the 2018 season ranked world No. 8.[42]

2019: Masters-1000 title, major final, five titles, ATP Finals runner-upEdit

Thiem won five titles in 2019, tying with Novak Djokovic for the Tour lead.[2] Thiem started his season at the Qatar Open, but was upset in the first round by Pierre-Hugues Herbert.[114] At the Australian Open, he defeated Benoît Paire in five sets before retiring to Alexei Popyrin in the second round.[115][116] He failed to defend his title in Buenos Aires and was knocked out of the Rio Open by Laslo Đere.[117] At the Indian Wells Masters, he defeated Ivo Karlovic, got a walkover through Gael Monfils, and beat Milos Raonic en route to the final, where he defeated Roger Federer in three sets to claim his first ATP Masters 1000 title.[118] As a result, he returned to his career-best ranking of World No. 4.[119] Nicolás Massú was a new addition to Thiem's coaching team a month before the Indian Wells tournament.[120]

At the Monte Carlo Masters he lost to eventual finalist Dušan Lajović in the third round,[121] Thiem next went to Barcelona, where he captured his third career ATP 500 title. En route to the title, Thiem did not drop a set, including in his two set win over eleven-time champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinal, his fourth win on clay over the Spaniard.[122] Thiem defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final.[123] Just prior to the French Open Thiem parted with long time coach and manager Günter Bresnik, who he had been working with for 15 years.[124] Thiem was seeded fourth at the French Open and reached his fourth consecutive semifinal at the tournament where he faced world No. 1, Novak Djokovic. In a four-hour match stretching over two days, Thiem defeated Djokovic in five sets, advancing to his second major final.[125] In the final, he again faced Rafael Nadal. After splitting the competitive first two sets, Nadal steamed to victory, taking the third and fourth sets.[126]

At Wimbledon, Thiem lost in the first round to Sam Querrey.[127] Thiem played in Hamburg, losing in the quarterfinals to Andrey Rublev.[128] The following week he won the 14th title of his career in Kitzbühel defeating Albert Ramos Viñolas in the final.[129] At the US Open he lost to Thomas Fabbiano in the first round in four sets.[130] At the China Open, Thiem defeated Andy Murray in straight sets to progress to the semifinals,[131] where he defeated Karen Khachanov after being down a set and a break and coming back to win in three sets. With this win he qualified for the 2019 ATP Finals.[132] In the final Thiem defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his first title in Asia, fourth title in 2019 and 15th career title.[133] At the Shanghai Masters Thiem reached the quarterfinals before being bested by Matteo Berrettini.[134] For the first time in ten attempts, Thiem made past the quarterfinal stage at his home tournament in Vienna.[135] He reached the final where he triumphed over Diego Schwartzman to claim the Vienna Open trophy, for his 16th career title.[136]

At the ATP Finals, Thiem defeated Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in consecutive matches, and became the first player to qualify for the semifinals. This was Thiem's first win over Djokovic on hard court.[137] Thiem then defeated Alexander Zverev in straight sets to reach the finals, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets.[138]

2020: First Grand Slam title at the US Open, Australian Open final, top 3 rankingEdit

In a curtailed season due to the COVID-19 pandemic Thiem posted his best results at grand slam tournaments. Thiem began his 2020 season at the inaugural ATP Cup, where Austria was defeated in the group stage. He played three matches, defeating Diego Schwartzman but losing to Borna Ćorić and Hubert Hurkacz.[139][140] Seeded fifth at the Australian Open, Thiem reached his first quarterfinal at the tournament. There, he faced top seed and 2019 finalist Rafael Nadal in just their second match on hard court. He defeated Nadal in four sets, winning three tiebreaks, proceeding to the semifinals.[141] He then defeated seventh seed Alexander Zverev in four sets to make his first Grand Slam final on a hard court.[142] In the final, Thiem lost to defending champion Novak Djokovic in five sets.[143]

On 2 March Thiem rose to a new career high ranking of world No. 3, passing Roger Federer in the ATP rankings.[144] Thiem was one of many players to arrive early at Indian Wells to defend his 2019 title, where he also planned to play doubles with Grigor Dimitrov.[145][146] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Indian Wells Masters was postponed.[147] Shortly afterward the ATP Tour was suspended for six weeks which was extended through July 2020.[148] During the ATP Tour's suspension Thiem competed in several exhibition events.[149] He won the first leg of the Adria Tour exhibition event in Belgrade,[150] the Bett1 Aces event in Berlin,[151] the Austrian Pro Series event and reached the final of his own exhibition event, Thiem's 7.[152] On the tour's resumption in August, at the Cincinnati Masters in New York Thiem lost his opening match to Filip Krajinović.[153]

Thiem was the second seed in the men's singles draw at the 2020 US Open. In the third round, he defeated 2014 champion Marin Čilić in four sets.[154] He went on to beat Félix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16 in straight sets. He beat Alex De Minaur in the quarter finals in straight sets, following which he defeated third seed Daniil Medvedev in three sets in the semifinals to reach his first US Open final. He defeated Alexander Zverev in the final to win his first major title, the first time since the 2004 French Open that a player had come back from losing the first two sets in a grand slam final to win the title.[155][156] Thiem became the first male tennis player born in the 1990s to win a major title.[157] Thiem additionally became the first new Grand Slam champion in the men's singles since Marin Čilić won the 2014 US Open, with the gap between Čilic and Thiem's wins being the longest between two new Grand Slam singles champions in the history of men's tennis.[158]

Thiem was seeded third at the French Open. He reached the quarterfinals where he was defeated by Diego Schwartzman in a five-set match which took five hours and eight minutes to complete.[159] Thiem then played as the defending champion at the Vienna Open but lost in the quarterfinals to Andrey Rublev in straight sets.[160]

At the 2020 ATP Finals, Thiem was drawn with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal, and Andrey Rublev. He beat Tsitsipas in a rematch of the previous year's final. He then defeated Nadal in two tiebreaks guaranteeing him passage to the semifinals. He beat Novak Djokovic in the semifinals but lost to Daniil Medvedev in the final.[161]

Playing styleEdit

Thiem is primarily an aggressive baseline player, who is adept at defending, as well. His groundstrokes are solid on both wings, with a heavy forehand and a tenacious, powerful single-handed backhand. He is one of the few younger ATP players to use a single-handed backhand.[162] According to Thiem, he changed to his single-handed backhand at the advice of his coach.[163] His backhand can effectively handle high bouncing balls, which has been a big problem for many conventional single-handers. Thiem often uses heavy, penetrating groundstrokes to construct points and outlast his opponents.[164] He has a long take-back on both wings, and the top-spin he produces on his groundstrokes allows him to both attack and defend well. Thiem also possesses a strong serve, capable of reaching 145 mph (233 km/h).[165]

His deliberate, yet aggressive playing style, particularly the long take-back on his groundstrokes, ability to sustain long baseline rallies and top-spin serves have greatly benefited his clay game. The Roland Garros website described him as an "heir to the throne."[162] He has beaten many high-ranked clay-court players on clay, recording four wins over Rafael Nadal on the surface. He defeated Nicolás Almagro and Nadal en route to his Argentina Open title, as well as Stan Wawrinka at the 2014 Madrid Open, Roger Federer at the 2016 Italian Open and the 2019 Madrid Open, and Novak Djokovic at the French Open both in 2017 and 2019.[125] His mental game has also been praised, especially his tie-break win percentage.[43][166]

Personal lifeEdit

Thiem began dating fellow tennis player Kristina Mladenovic in 2017. They publicly confirmed their relationship in May 2018 and split in November 2019.[167][168]

Thiem is a big fan of football and is a Chelsea supporter.[169] He founded his own football club called 1.TFC Matzendorf in 2016, which consists of friends and fellow tennis players who come together a few times a year to play charity games.[169][170][171] Thiem supports the environment, donating and raising awareness for 4ocean and the WWF.[172] On ocean pollution he said "It's one of the biggest problems nowadays that we face, with all the plastic pollution. I love nature and I'm trying to support this whenever I can."[173] Thiem was also part of his apparel sponsor Adidas' 2019 Parley tennis collection campaign, the clothing of the collection being made from recycled plastic waste collected from beaches and coastlines with the aim to raise awareness and help tackle marine pollution.[172]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Slam tournament performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2020 ATP Finals.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open 2R 1R 3R 4R 4R 2R F 0 / 7 16–7 70%
French Open 2R 2R SF SF F F QF 0 / 7 28–7 80%
Wimbledon 1R 2R 2R 4R 1R 1R NH 0 / 6 5–6 45%
US Open 4R 3R 4R 4R QF 1R W 1 / 7 22–6 79%
Win–Loss 5–4 4–4 11–4 14–4 13–4 7–4 17–2 1 / 27 71–26 73%

Finals: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2018 French Open Clay   Rafael Nadal 4–6, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 2019 French Open Clay   Rafael Nadal 3–6, 7–5, 1–6, 1–6
Loss 2020 Australian Open Hard   Novak Djokovic 4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 3–6, 4–6
Win 2020 US Open Hard   Alexander Zverev 2–6, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6(8–6)

Year–End Championships performance timelineEdit

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
ATP Finals Did Not Qualify RR RR RR F F 0 / 5 9–10 47%

Finals: 2 (2 runner-ups)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2019 ATP Finals, London Hard (i)   Stefanos Tsitsipas 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 2020 ATP Finals, London Hard (i)   Daniil Medvedev 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 4–6

Source(s): ITF Profile[174] and ATP Profile[2]

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