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Garlichead
08-03-2010, 05:51 PM
Austria´s 16 years old Dominic Thiem has won his first match as a professional tennis player. He recieved a WC in Kitzbühel and beat Alexandre Sidorenko 3:6 7:6 6:4
He never played a Future match but will recieve 8 points for winning the first round. His next opponent is Victor Crivoi.
In Wimbledon and Roland Garros he practiced with Roger Federer and in Paris with Rafael Nadal.
Good luck!

misty1
08-03-2010, 05:52 PM
isnt he supposed to be the next big thing for austrian tennis?

Action Jackson
08-03-2010, 05:55 PM
Good stuff Dominic.

misty1
08-03-2010, 06:00 PM
congradulations on the first win aswell:)

CooCooCachoo
08-03-2010, 06:00 PM
Good win, though Sidorenko seems to be losing to everyone and his grandma these days.

Beta2k
10-08-2012, 02:23 PM
came through the quali of a challenger (rennes) for the first time, without getting a WC. good luck in the MD!

JurajCrane
10-08-2012, 03:44 PM
He kinda impressed me in Kitzbuhel this year, even though he lost to Klizan 1-6 6-3 5-7. He has very solid serve and nice one-handed BH.

Moozza
10-08-2012, 04:58 PM
losing a set to Sidorenko. :facepalm:

What a clown.

Helevorn
10-08-2012, 09:03 PM
losing a set to Sidorenko. :facepalm:

What a clown.

He was 16, Sidorenko was 22.

Sombrerero loco
10-09-2012, 07:58 AM
i hope he keeps climbing the rankings. he has had a nice season so far

J99
10-09-2012, 08:03 AM
One of the stranger bumps I've seen here.

Sombrerero loco
10-09-2012, 08:05 AM
well he qualified first time for a challenger main draw, but yeah it was a little bit random haha

J99
10-09-2012, 08:12 AM
Oh, I see he was a top junior player, so it makes more sense now, GL to him in the Martin match then, decent chance for a win.:)

Beta2k
10-11-2012, 12:50 PM
first challenger QF in Rennes for him.

Beta2k
01-26-2013, 05:47 PM
1) move this to player's forum please
2) how will he do this year? from the 1993-generation he finished as #3 or #4 last year. last week he played qualies for challenger in heilbronn but lost in R1 vs. Mertl 3,4 :/ tough start hm? let's see how he will do the next weeks...

feuselino
02-25-2013, 07:31 AM
Does anyone know why Thiem isn't playing more? He only had one match so far in 2013... he's not gonna climb the ranking like this... could have played at least 4 tournaments since the beginning of the year.

joe87
06-08-2013, 09:03 AM
Does anyone know why Thiem isn't playing more? He only had one match so far in 2013... he's not gonna climb the ranking like this... could have played at least 4 tournaments since the beginning of the year.

He had problems with his wisdom teeth in January and Febrary. And now he caught a dictis and is in hospital :( Won't come back before July but hopefully he is at 100% for Kitzbühel.

TravelingFanGirl
06-20-2013, 09:30 PM
He had problems with his wisdom teeth in January and Febrary. And now he caught a dictis and is in hospital :( Won't come back before July but hopefully he is at 100% for Kitzbühel.
Shame he has struggled with a few problems recently! Hopefully will be in action soon! :yeah:

If any of you are interested, I took a few pictures of Dominic last year in Cincinnati while he was traveling with Team Gulbis.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/564231_351730588241313_1334361664_n.jpg

http://25.media.tumblr.com/d4232fef1b7a275951841cafac9a2fb2/tumblr_mnzwxcyp3k1s9sm6qo1_500.jpg

More of my pictures can be found on The Traveling Fan Girl page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.351720711575634.81697.279630462117993&type=3) & I've been posting a few never before posted images of Dominic for Throwback Thursday on my site's Tumblr page (http://thetravelingfangirlofficial.tumblr.com/).

joe87
06-21-2013, 06:00 AM
I think it will take him some more time off. He will come out of the hospital tomorrow, so he was in there for 3 full weeks :eek:


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GasquetGulbis
08-29-2013, 01:37 AM
Dominic's playing very well at the moment. Won a 15k+H futures last week, and moving on into a Challenger QF after beating the 2nd seed this week. His backhand has become huge for him, it used to be a weakness but now it's probably his biggest weapon.

Sombrerero loco
08-29-2013, 08:52 AM
amazing stuff lately, yes...

RandyE
09-21-2013, 04:12 PM
I watched Dominic play the Final at Kenitra, Morocco today. He looks to be the real deal; he's got great lower body strength, a solid serve, a dominant forehand, a backhand that's getting more solid, and a great mental fortitude. He picked up 80 ranking points today and will be approximately #148 in the rankings tomorrow. I'm not sure what his schedule is for the rest of the year, but top 100 to 120 is definitely not out of the question.
He beat Gabashvili pretty easily today after a tight first set. His strokes have great spin and velocity, he's consistent, and he's smart around the court. I really like his speed and anticipation - in today's game you have to be able to accelerate very quickly.
The future looks bright - with a great work ethic he's got top ten potential.

Ace20
10-17-2013, 06:20 PM
OMG Just saw Dominic Thiem play for the first time, I have heard alot about him but never saw him play, he has real potential too go far I hoping he can crack top 100 soon

Erste Bank Open

R1: Dominic Thiem def Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4 5-7 6-4
R2: Dominic Thiem def Jaroslav Pospíšil 6-1 6-1

Ace20
10-18-2013, 07:04 PM
Lost in the QF today to Tsonga but he put up a great fight through pushing an top 10 player & one ma fave. Thiem should be top 100 soon anyone know where he plays next

Erste Bank Open

R1: Dominic Thiem def Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4 5-7 6-4
R2: Dominic Thiem def Jaroslav Pospíšil 6-1 6-1
QF: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Dominic Thiem 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7-3)

Sombrerero loco
10-18-2013, 07:08 PM
future is looking bright for him =D

ViennaCalling
10-18-2013, 08:11 PM
Dominic should get more attention after this great match :(

Anyway, great match! I hope he will get some WCs now.

Ace20
10-18-2013, 08:36 PM
Yeah I would think he get more attention & hopefully more WC, This is my first time ever seeing him play in his last two matches & he got my attention. I kinda shock he don't have many fans on thread

Gliese581
10-18-2013, 08:37 PM
does anyone know where he plays next?

Gliese581
10-18-2013, 08:41 PM
in more positive news he's into the doubles semi with maximilian neuchrist. They play rosol/mergea

ViennaCalling
10-19-2013, 09:41 AM
does anyone know where he plays next?

Challengers in Casbalanca and Bratislava ;)

Gliese581
10-19-2013, 12:14 PM
Challengers in Casbalanca and Bratislava ;)

thanks:)

Ace20
10-27-2013, 11:31 PM
Casablanca

[3] Dominic THIEM (AUT) vs [Q] Claudio GRASSI (ITA)
Simone VAGNOZZI (ITA) vs [Q] Sherif SABRY (EGY)
Steven DIEZ (CAN) vs Lamine OUAHAB (ALG)
Lorenzo GIUSTINO (ITA) vs [8] Jaroslav POSPISIL (CZE)

Litotes
10-28-2013, 05:57 AM
Grassi? Don't know the guy, sounds like someone he should beat....

Gliese581
10-28-2013, 05:48 PM
won 6-4, 6-3

Litotes
11-01-2013, 01:17 PM
Dominic playing against Krajinovic in the SF atm. Just won the 1st set 6-2 :)

Ace20
11-01-2013, 01:55 PM
He WOn 6-2 6-1 into the Final getting closer to the top 100

Sombrerero loco
11-01-2013, 02:23 PM
amazing, simply amazing :bowdown:

ViennaCalling
11-02-2013, 01:43 PM
Dominic won the first set against Starace with 6-2 :yeah:

In Bratislava he will face 3rd seed Sijsling (NED) in the first round :( :sad:
Hopefully he can regroup till then, Sijsling is #70 at the moment.

Ace20
11-02-2013, 02:41 PM
He won the title 6-2 7-5 Great week this should help his ranking out big time

Litotes
11-02-2013, 02:43 PM
Great win :yeah:

Ace20
12-27-2013, 08:22 PM
Qatar ExxonMobil Open Qualifying draw

(3) Donald Young v Dominic Thiem
Marco Cecchinato v W Jassem Al Zeyara
Matthias Bachinger v Miloslav Mečíř
Filip Krajinović v (8) Andrey Kuznetsov

Litotes
12-27-2013, 08:23 PM
ODds: Young 1,62 - Thiem 2,15. The Don is quite unpredictable, Dom should have a good chance here.

Gliese581
12-27-2013, 08:25 PM
he's got a good chance at qualifying, I think.

ViennaCalling
12-28-2013, 10:54 AM
Dominic wins 6-4 6-4 against Young (USA/3) :yeah:

Gliese581
12-29-2013, 01:37 PM
got murdered 6-1 in 25 minutes in the first set and got in trouble early in the 2nd having to fight off break points in his first 2 service games but held on and eventually took the 2nd set 6-3

Ace20
12-29-2013, 02:03 PM
he won 1-6 6-3 6-2

Gliese581
12-29-2013, 02:07 PM
he wins 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

most likely he'll play bachinger in the final round. wont be easy but hopefully he can win

Litotes
12-29-2013, 02:13 PM
Nice comeback after that hopeless first set. He needs a better start tomorrow, though.

Gliese581
12-30-2013, 01:35 PM
gets through bachinger in straights:)

Litotes
12-30-2013, 01:37 PM
Nice start to the year :yeah:

Ace20
12-30-2013, 03:27 PM
Who does he play in the Main draw anyone know ?

Litotes
12-30-2013, 03:33 PM
Who does he play in the Main draw anyone know ?

Another qualifier, Gojowczyk.

GasquetGulbis
12-30-2013, 08:37 PM
Decent draw, I'd love to see him go all the way to the QF in his first ATP of the year

Gliese581
12-30-2013, 09:59 PM
who's his QF?

Litotes
12-30-2013, 10:10 PM
who's his QF?

If he beats Gojowczyk, it's Kohlschreiber/Andujar next (likely Kohli) and should he get past that it's Karlovic or Dodig/Brown.

RandyE
12-31-2013, 04:05 AM
I hope he can take advantage of this opportunity. Kohli will be tough but I think Dominic has the ability to rise to the occasion. He's already off to a great start!

Gliese581
12-31-2013, 12:07 PM
dom:mad::sad:

its not even that he lost its how he lost..expected more after his performances in qualifying

he sums things up nicely on his facebook page

Ace20
01-01-2014, 01:52 AM
Just saw that he lost was expecting more as well but still I think he will breakthrough soon hoping he will crack top 100 soonn

Ace20
01-07-2014, 03:44 PM
Australian Open Qualifying Draw

Martin Klizan SVK [2] v Andreas Beck GER
Hiroki Kondo JPN v Enzo Couacaud FRA [WC]
Matthias Bachinger GER v Jordi Samper-Montana ESP
Rik De Voest RSA v Dominic Thiem AUT [17]

Gliese581
01-10-2014, 12:20 AM
won the first set 6-3 but is getting crushed in the 2nd set

Gliese581
01-10-2014, 12:25 AM
he just got torn apart by bachinger in the second set

6-3, 0-6

he won 7 points in that entire set!

im not sure if something is wrong(I hope not) or he just, at one point decided to tank but I guess we'll find out

Gliese581
01-10-2014, 12:33 AM
well he held to start from 0-30 down

Gliese581
01-10-2014, 12:46 AM
its looking like after he got down a double break in the 2nd set he just set screw it and let the set go, things are going better in the 3rd

Gliese581
01-10-2014, 12:51 AM
bachinger is cruising on serve though

he's out done dom 9-2 on return in this set and overall dom has earned just 6 points on return over the last 2 sets

its definitely key that he's serving first

Gliese581
01-10-2014, 12:54 AM
and out of nowhere he breaks! from 40-0 he breaks for 4-2

Gliese581
01-10-2014, 01:06 AM
serving for the match now...

yes!

6-3, 0-6, 6-3

klizan next

Litotes
01-10-2014, 06:26 AM
Weird scoreline, but I'm not complaining. A win is a win :)

Gliese581
01-11-2014, 12:16 PM
he did it! he qualified and got a great draw

4th round possible

Litotes
01-11-2014, 12:58 PM
Yes, very good draw indeed :D Just don't take anything for granted, Dom. Focus!

ViennaCalling
01-11-2014, 01:21 PM
Well done and good luck on Monday :yeah:

Ramsay
01-11-2014, 06:34 PM
he did it! he qualified and got a great draw

4th round possible

4th round, are you kidding? :lol: He'll lose on the 1st round... :p

Gliese581
01-11-2014, 06:55 PM
4th round, are you kidding? :lol: He'll lose on the 1st round... :p

yeah well see. souse has the experience but he's playing like crap and dominic did beat better players than souse in recent tournaments

Ramsay
01-12-2014, 10:16 AM
yeah well see. souse has the experience but he's playing like crap and dominic did beat better players than souse in recent tournaments

2 matches and Sousa is playing like crap. Did you saw the matches? You know that Sousa is way more dangerous in 5 set matches.

Litotes
01-12-2014, 10:45 AM
2 matches and Sousa is playing like crap. Did you saw the matches? You know that Sousa is way more dangerous in 5 set matches.

Please, this is a Thiem cheering thread, not a GM WWW thread. We expect posters here to be fans of Dominic, not of his opponents. None of us enter this thread:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=200968&page=4
...to talk down Sousa's chances.

Gliese581
01-12-2014, 12:26 PM
2 matches and Sousa is playing like crap. Did you saw the matches? You know that Sousa is way more dangerous in 5 set matches.

yeah well dominic is the better player overall and that matters

Ace20
01-13-2014, 03:49 AM
He won 5-7 6-4 6-3 7-6 into the second round

Ace20
01-13-2014, 03:50 AM
4th round, are you kidding? :lol: He'll lose on the 1st round... :p

& you still sure Sousa gonna win :p

Gliese581
01-13-2014, 03:52 AM
4th round, are you kidding? :lol: He'll lose on the 1st round... :p

still seem foolish now?

well done dom:)

GasquetGulbis
01-13-2014, 03:55 AM
4th round, are you kidding? :lol: He'll lose on the 1st round... :p

ooooooo that's embarrassing.

Litotes
01-13-2014, 04:32 AM
Great win for Dom :D

RandyE
01-14-2014, 03:58 AM
Hopefully he can get enough returns in play against Anderson tomorrow. I'm hoping for a good competitive match. If he can get Anderson to move sideways he's got a good chance. Looks like Dominic served extremely well in the last match. Keep it up! Good luck tomorrow.

Beta2k
01-15-2014, 12:25 PM
thiem's calendar from now on: because he qualified for AO his trainer (günther bresnik) said, that he can accompany ernests gulbis (they train together) on the tour. he will attend: rotterdam (500), marseille (250), acapulco (500), indian wells (1000), miami (1000). obviously he will play qualies, but how cool is that?

Litotes
01-15-2014, 01:56 PM
thiem's calendar from now on: because he qualified for AO his trainer (günther bresnik) said, that he can accompany ernests gulbis (they train together) on the tour. he will attend: rotterdam (500), marseille (250), acapulco (500), indian wells (1000), miami (1000). obviously he will play qualies, but how cool is that?

Sounds like excellent news :yeah:

ViennaCalling
02-12-2014, 04:10 PM
Dom qualified for the ATP 500 in Rotterdam (NED).

In R1 he defeats Nieminen (FIN/#36) in 3 sets.

Now against Murray I guess. Good luck :yeah:

Litotes
02-12-2014, 05:09 PM
Great win :D Murray will be tough, but such matches are good experience :yeah:

RandyE
02-13-2014, 02:18 AM
Hopefully he can serve well to stay in the match against Murray. He'll have to play his best!

Litotes
02-13-2014, 07:18 PM
Dominic just won a set against Murray :eek: 4-6, 6-3. Come on, Dom :bounce:

Ace20
02-13-2014, 11:56 PM
Lost too Murray 4-6 6-3 3-6 put up an great fight, overall it been an great event for him & he now inside the top 100 which is an plus

Beta2k
02-14-2014, 11:43 AM
thiem's calendar from now on: because he qualified for AO his trainer (günther bresnik) said, that he can accompany ernests gulbis (they train together) on the tour. he will attend: rotterdam (500), marseille (250), acapulco (500), indian wells (1000), miami (1000). obviously he will play qualies, but how cool is that?

and betweend Indian Wells and Miami he will play the Dallas challenger.
so the plan from now on is:
Marseille - 250
Acapulco - 500
Indian Wells - 1000
Dallas CH - 125k+
Miami - 1000

Ace20
02-14-2014, 05:06 PM
I really think he could end season being top 50-60

Ace20
02-14-2014, 05:56 PM
Stars Of Tomorrow: Dominic Thiem

Austria’s Dominic Thiem is working hard to break in to the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings under the guidance of Gunter Bresnik, a former coach of Boris Becker.

First there is a brief rocking motion, then a pause, bending of the knees followed by youthful spring into a first serve that is flat, well timed and devastatingly powerful. Dominic Thiem gets down low to strike his aesthetically pleasing single-handed backhand – one for the purists – and he is quick to move up the court for his forehand.

It is 12 years since his father had the gates of Gunter Bresnik’s tennis academy opened to him in Vienna. Wolfgang Thiem, has been a tennis coach like his wife, Karin, since the age of 20. He hoped to be mentored in the science of coaching professional players by Bresnik, a former trainer of Becker, Amos Mansdorf and Patrick McEnroe. The dream became reality and changed the family’s life.

“My father wanted to switch to professional coaching and he was hired at the professional academy of Gunter,” Thiem exclusively told ATPWorldTour.com, having qualified for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. “At some point he told Gunter that he had a son, me, who liked to play tennis and asked him to take a look. I was probably 11.”

With an eye for natural talent, Bresnik agreed. “I played once a week with Gunter, then the number of lessons developed slowly and he became my full-time coach two years later,” he recalled.

“When I first hit with Gunter, I had a double-handed backhand and I was a very defensive player. He changed everything – switching me to a one-handed backhand and to adopt a more aggressive game style. It was tough as I was the top junior in Austria but my ranking dropped as I had changed everything. But I totally trusted Gunter, as I knew he was a great coach.”

As a teenager Thiem also had to deal with growing pains. “I had a lot of problems growing up,” he admitted. “I grew 16 centimetres between 16 and 17. My immune system was weak and I was sick often.”

Thiem started travelling internationally as a 13 year old. On 11 December 2011, his junior career came to a close on winning the Orange Bowl title and he looked back on a runner-up finish at Roland Garros in May with pride. But things quickly turned around.

“In hindsight, the juniors’ is a sheltered circuit,” said Thiem. “There are always only a handful of top juniors. You are a big fish in a small pool. You are one of the stars, but when you come to ITF Futures level no one cares. In fact, they probably are extra motived and want to beat you.

“Life as a junior to life on the senior tour is completely different. To be a good junior does not mean you will have a good successful career as a pro. I had a very good final year, reaching the Roland Garros final and winning the Orange Bowl. Honestly, I thought it was going to be easier in the pros. But in my first year, I had so many first round losses in ITF Futures.”

It took Thiem a full year to realise that he had to worker harder. “When I lost five first rounds in a row, I remember both of them and said, ‘It’s going to be tough. Nobody said this was going to be easy.’ I never doubted that I could not make it one day. I just had to knuckle down.

“It is really tough to make the step. You have to always work hard and get used to the levels of the professional tour – from Futures to ATP Challenger Tour to the ATP World Tour. Each level is completely different.”

Bresnik and his father always offered encouragement. “Gunter has always found a good balance between letting me figure things out and offering his advice and years of expertise.”

Last season, he rose from No. 304 to a year-end No. 121 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on the back of two quarter-final runs at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel and the Erste Bank Open, plus two ATP Challenger Tour titles. Beating one of his childhood idols and fellow Austrian, Jurgen Melzer, in Kitzbühel and getting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hot under the collar in a third set tie-break in Vienna, reaffirmed his belief that the sacrifices were worth it.

So far in 2014, 6’1” Thiem has qualified for three tournaments – the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, the Australian Open, where he lost to Kevin Anderson in the second round, and Rotterdam. “I think having to qualifying for ATP events, rather than receiving a wild card, has been a big experience,” he said. “I improve the most when I play matches against these guys, so it can be an advantage sometimes playing qualifying. At the ATP level, there are so many tight matches, where two or three points decide the match. The mental game is important.

“I have to have a consistent game and I have to improve my fitness. To play every week at this level, to defend points – which I will have to do for the first time in the autumn – will be a new experience.”

Thiem is also benefitting from regular practice with Ernests Gulbis, who is currently No. 24 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and is coached by Bresnik. “I am learning a lot from Ernests in our training in Vienna. It was wonderful that such a good player came to our academy and that I can practise with him.”

By playing ATP World Tour events in the next four weeks and one stop on the ATP Challenger Tour in Dallas, Thiem is giving himself the best possible chance to soon break into the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

By November, he hopes to sit comfortably among the elite. “It will mean that I will be in the main draw of the Australian Open [in 2015],” the World No. 113 explained. “I hope then I can play consistently at the bigger tournaments and I also want to play well in Kitzbuhel and Vienna, my home tournaments.”

ViennaCalling
02-14-2014, 06:18 PM
Gunther Bresnik said Dom will skip Marseille and will play Acapulco next.

Beta2k
02-15-2014, 07:35 AM
Gunther Bresnik said Dom will skip Marseille and will play Acapulco next.

yes, just also read this on tennisnet :)
he will travel to acapulco on tuesday.

Sombrerero loco
02-15-2014, 08:09 AM
dom =D good luck on clay

Litotes
02-22-2014, 03:39 PM
Dom will start his first match in Acapulco soon, against Takanyi Garanganga. That is a very winnable match, hope he can get through it without too much trouble.

ViennaCalling
02-23-2014, 03:06 PM
He wins 6-2 6-3 and plays today against Goffin (BEL).

Good luck Dom :yeah:

ViennaCalling
03-05-2014, 04:40 PM
Lost against Goffin in Acapulco :mad:

But in QR1 of Indian Wells he won against Matt Reid (AUS) 7-6 (4) 6-1.
Tonight he will play against Nicolas Meister (USA).

Good luck :yeah:

Litotes
03-05-2014, 05:19 PM
Meister should be possible to beat, good luck Dom :)

GasquetGulbis
03-06-2014, 03:28 AM
He couldn't have asked for a better draw. Maybe he can do one better against Tsonga this time around.

ViennaCalling
03-06-2014, 01:38 PM
Dominic defeated Meister 6-4 6-2 :yeah:

He will his first round tomorrow against another Qualifier who crushed Goffin :unsure:

Litotes
03-06-2014, 04:23 PM
Goffin played terrible, I read. His opponent might not be as intimidating as the result implies. I'd say it's a good chance for Dom to get his first Masters MD win. Come on, Dom, do your best :yeah:

ViennaCalling
03-07-2014, 07:47 AM
Dominic will play not before 5 PM ... that means 2 AM in the morning Austrian time :help:

Worst time ever... maybe too late to stay up till then and for sure too early to get out of the bed :mad:

Litotes
03-10-2014, 12:52 AM
Dom managed to beat Gilles Simon and is ready for R3 in IW :D Likely opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga :)

GasquetGulbis
03-10-2014, 02:33 AM
Should make it to the quarter-final.

Litotes
03-10-2014, 05:35 AM
Benneteau eliminated Tsonga and will be his next opponent. Should be a good match :)

Björki
03-10-2014, 06:21 AM
comgrats Dominic :yeah:

Sombrerero loco
03-10-2014, 09:58 AM
dom :bowdown: amazing result

Ace20
03-12-2014, 04:30 AM
BNP Paribas Open

QR1: Dominic Thiem def Matt Reid 7-6(4) 6-1
QRF: Dominic Thiem def Nicolas Meister 6-4 6-2
R1: (Q) Dominic Thiem def (Q) Daniel Kosakowski 6-2 7-6(1)
R2: (Q) Dominic Thiem def (21) Gilles Simon 7-6(5)6-2
R3: Julien Benneteau def (Q) Dominic Thiem 7-6(4) 6-3

Ace20
03-12-2014, 04:31 AM
tough lost through he really would made the QF since Tsonga lost early but still this been an great week for him :D

Litotes
03-12-2014, 04:37 AM
Sad to see him lose, but a great tournament anyway :yeah:

Ace20
03-12-2014, 04:39 AM
DOMINIC THIEM: A YOUNG GUN’S BIG BREAKTHROUGH


Twelve months ago, Austrian Dominic Thiem earned $848 for a week’s worth of work: the finals of a Futures event in Croatia, where he was ranked No. 304.

Today he plays in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, his first-ever Masters 1000 event, for $52,000 and another milestone in what has been a year of achievements for the 20-year-old.

“I spend most of my time indoors in Vienna, so it’s good to be outside once in a while,” Thiem said of his first-ever trip to the desert. In January he played in his maiden Grand Slam main draw. After this tournament, he’ll break into the top 100.

“It’s very difficult,” the qualifier told reporters after a second-round win over No. 21 seed Gilles Simon. “I think it’s easier to keep yourself in the top 100 than to come into it because of the [rankings system] and fitness. You just need more years to build up the fitness level to compete at the top.”

At just 20, Thiem hasn’t had many years, but has slowly become a name to watch on the ATP World Tour. In February he qualified into the Rotterdam main draw and beat Jarkko Nieminen before falling to Andy Murray in three sets. Last October, Thiem pushed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to three sets in the quarterfinals of Vienna, his home tournament.

The beaming six-foot-one Thiem has been pouring his heart out on social media, chronicling his achievements for all his fans to see: from his run here to the months of build-up before.

“A great day for me,” posted Thiem on his Facebook page. “Third round in my first ever [Masters 1000]. Simply incredible. Thanks so much for your support, it obviously helps me a lot!”

As he makes his way down a career checklist, the Lichtenwörth, Austria, native isn’t quite ready to enjoy the fruits of his labor – not fully.
“Not yet, because everything is new,” he said. “Every tournament is a new tournament for me. I think you can start to enjoy it when you’ve played it three or four times.”

Thiem is coached by Gunter Bresnik, whom he shares with Latvian Ernests Gulbis, the world No. 22. Both athletes train in Vienna.

“It’s very nice that we have the same coach [as Gulbis],” Thiem explained. “When I started with Bresnik, I was still ranked in the 700s. I learned a lot from Ernests. We are together every day; we travel to the same tournaments. I think it’s good for me, but it’s also good for him that he has a good hitting partner.”

In addition, his fitness trainer is sportsman Sepp Resnik, whose background in “Super Ironman” competitions informs his running and endurance training regimen for Thiem, mostly done outdoors.

The training and dedication to his tennis has helped Thiem achieve what few of his peers have been able to do.

And now that he’s knocking on the door of the upper echelon of the game, he’s focused on making sure that he learns from each opportunity.

“These matches are the most important,” said Thiem. “You learn the most from them and this is why I’m excited to play the big tournaments.”

While he didn’t have any specific tennis players to count as his idols – “I watched all of them when I was growing up” – he’s inspired by the players who’ve used their celebrity to make a difference.

“There are many guys, big sportsmen who also try to help the world in general because they have a big influence, like Roger Federer or some soccer players because they try to help the world in a better way, and that’s pretty inspiring.”

Thiem set a goal for himself of making the main draw at Roland Garros, and his points from Indian Wells should make this a reality. Thiem has now set his sights on something closer to his heart.

“The goal now is to win the home tournaments, in Vienna and Kitzbuhel,” he declared. “It’s my dream to win one of them. Maybe this year, but we’ll see.”

---

RAPID-FIRE WITH THIEM
The last text you sent: A big thank you. All my family members wrote me [after the match]
Close friends on tour: Jurgen Melzer because he’s Austrian. Besides him I don’t know any players yet. Just the young players, like Jiri Vesely or Ernests Gulbis.
Window or Aisle: Window
Morning or evening: Evening.
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Favorite tennis trick shot: The drop shot that comes back over the net. I try it often.
Favorite Australian food: Wienerschnitzel
Favorite food from the Indian Wells cafeteria: The pasta is pretty good.
Sky or ocean: Ocean

BlueLighthouse
03-12-2014, 02:36 PM
Hi, new Domi's fan here ;) I've watched him for a while since late last year when he won clay challengers and did great job in Austria. His attitude and game are impressive and endearing. More score to him when he's Gulbis BFF.

rus59
03-14-2014, 08:27 AM
dominic thiem

In April I'll be part of Austria's Davis Cup team for the first time. For Austrian fans there will be an organised trip that can be booked now.

Beta2k
03-14-2014, 08:39 AM
i think he will play as #1 since jurgen melzer will not participate. lets see how he will deal with the pressure :)

Ace20
03-17-2014, 04:26 AM
Sony Open Tennis Qualifying Draw

(12) Dominic Thiem v Rhyne Williams
Peter Polansky v (19) Peter Gojowczyk

ViennaCalling
03-18-2014, 08:29 PM
QR1: Dominic def. Williams 7-6 6-1
QR2: Dominic def. Polansky 6-3 7-5

:yeah:

Hopefully he gets a good draw now!

ViennaCalling
03-18-2014, 09:55 PM
Shitty draw for Dominic :(

R1: Rosol
R2: Robredo
R3: Gulbis

:mad:

Litotes
03-18-2014, 10:07 PM
Ouch, tough draw :sadface:

Gliese581
03-18-2014, 11:59 PM
apparently he's not 100% physically either. Im not sure whats wrong, if he's injured or just tired

ViennaCalling
03-19-2014, 12:00 AM
apparently he's not 100% physically either. Im not sure whats wrong, if he's injured or just tired

Just tired I think ;)

He played a lot in the last few weeks. He had training sessions after every win as well according to his FB account.

Gliese581
03-19-2014, 11:27 PM
getshrough in straights. gets a well deserved and certainly needed rest tomorrow. 1 match away from a match with ernie

ViennaCalling
03-19-2014, 11:31 PM
Well done :yeah:

BlueLighthouse
03-20-2014, 06:16 AM
Match report from here (http://www.tennis-prose.com/articles/sony-wednesday-its-thiem-to-shine-bright/)

The highlight of the day was watching Dominic Thiem take down Lukas Rosol on grandstand. Thiem is the youngest player in the top hundred and he’s qualified at five out of six ATP events this year. This is the first time I ever saw him play live and boy was I impressed.

Thiem was broken in the first game but rebounded. At 3-all I told Hirono that Thiem was going to win. You could see he was beginning to get his feel, he has more shots more variety than Rosol. He won the tiebreaker and then got the break in the second to win 76 64. Gulbis showed up at 4-3 in the second, wearing a NJ Nets baseball hat. Thiem closed the show in style for his pal and his team, not letting Rosol, age 28, mount any kind of comeback. I really liked how mature Thiem plays and conducts himself like a champion. When he gets frustrated and angry at himself, he expresses it in silence, like yelling or talking to himself in mute. And when he does it, it’s done in a gentle nice way.

Even though this is still only Thiem’s first year on the ATP Tour, he plays and carries himself like a veteran. Very poised, focused, smooth, power, changes speeds, spins, net clearance height, can volley and his one hand backhand is beautiful to watch. Also his serve has pop. The sky’s the limit for this young Austrian. We did a Biofile after and it was just a classic, which I’m sure you all will instantly become a fan of him after you read it or see him play live.

Thiem’s next match will be against Tommy Robredo.

Ace20
03-22-2014, 07:14 PM
practicing with Federer


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjWl0hjCAAA_bSx.jpg

ViennaCalling
03-23-2014, 11:32 AM
:worship:

rus59
03-23-2014, 11:46 AM
^^Future GOAT and GOAT.

Jelena
03-27-2014, 02:29 PM
On twitter I found an interview with Dominic and made a translation into English of it. For those of you who know German here (http://tennisnet.com/de/at/herren/atp/1582149/Dominic-Thiem-exklusiv_Schlimm-waere-wenn-keiner-was-erwartet) is the interview, for the others is here the translation.

Dominic Thiem exclusively: "It would be bad, if nobody expected anything"
Youngster Dominic Thiem looks back in the tennisnet.com-Interview on his strong beginning of the season and looks ahead on the Davis Cup.

Dominic, congratulations to your recent successes and welcome back at home! What is the most important insight after five weeks in the USA?
The most important is that I know I belong up there. At the beginning of the year I thought I am a guest on the ATP-Tour. Now I arrived there. Even when it won't go that well all the time and I will have to play Challengers again at some point.
Was there a turning point? A match that was very important for this feeling to have arrived?
The most crucial point was surely in Vienna the match against Tsonga. For my confidence that one was the most important match. The next big step will be to learn to cope better with these big tournaments.
What do you mean with "to cope better"?
On this level everything is new for me, extremely exciting, and a dream that I am actually able to participate there. But the demands are completely different than on a Challenger. Especially concentration-wise. During a match you have to be always completely focused, you aren't allowed anymore to have a blackout. And also everything else and the tension. You never really calm down at such a tournament, also when you don't play. Also, I was surprised a bit how much it wears out to play the quali. You have to win two or three hard matches, and then the tournament only starts. But certainly I will get used to it as well. I recall it was the same at the beginning at the Futures, that everything was incredibly exhausting for me.
You decided after the Australian Open to not play the Challengers, but the ATP-Tour-tournaments. A tackle of the Top 100 through the front door, in all openness. How big was the risk?
Probably I could have got more and easier points on the Challenger tour. Surely it was a risk to go immediately on the big tour. I could have lost in Rotterdam against de Schepper, then versus Nieminen. And before that Cecchinato in Doha and de Voest in Melbourne, you easily forget how close those matches were. Against de Voest I got the rebreak in the third set with a forehand slice passing shot. That doesn't have to work always. (laughs)
On the Tour there are of course also new practice partners, for example Roger Federer in Miami. What was it like?
Of course it's something special, just because of the atmosphere on the court. When you practice with him there are 500 people at the court and watch it, that's more than at many matches on the Tour. We hit for one hour, then played a few games and chatted about the next tournaments and the Davis Cup. He's simply incredibly nice.
Is he your biggest idol?
It's insanity what he achieved and how he now fought back and how much he did for the sport. But I don't want to call him idol. I can't say he is my idol and then maybe I play in three weeks against him. No, there are no idols anymore.
After all you gained 112 ATP-points at three tournaments, and still more would have been possible. How much do the avoidable losses against David Goffin, Julien Benneteau and Tommy Robredo annoy you?
I was the most annoyed about the loss versus Goffin in Acapulco. I couldn't get this loss off my mind for four or five days. I was of no use. Actually, this is something I still have to learn, that I'm not absorbed that much after a loss. Often I'm of no use for three days. I have to learn that, because only one of 32 players doesn't lose a match in the week. From that sight tennis player is no nice job. (laughs)
Against Benneteau...
...I was annoyed about my bad performance. Against Robredo that wasn't that bad. My performance was ok there. He's not by accident the number 17, he's a great player. When I, as a 20-year-old, who is somewhere around number 80, say I have to win against him, that would be nonsense.
You dominated versus Robredo most of the time and led in the second set clearly, you had close sets against Tsonga and Murray. What's missing that you win such matches?
Well, I don't stress myself there. Surely I will lose often in my career versus Top-Ten or Top-20-players. But I will also beat them. This is also an aspect you have to get used to, to play against those absolute top players. This is not because of respect of the names, but because they simply play super tennis and you have to play better to beat them.
You started the year as number 139 in the Ranking, next Monday you will be for the first time in the Top 80. Are you yourself surprised how fast you advanced? Did you dream of such a start of the season?
Of course you couldn't expect that. Before I traveled to Doha to play the quali, I thought it can happen that I lose three times in the quali and don't win anything. Like I said earlier, it was a risk, but because of that I can be even more proud it worked out through the front door, on the hard way.
The Top 80 may not yet reflect your current level. Where do you see yourself considering your performances?
No, no, it's ok that way. In the last three months I played really constant, I wouldn't have thought I am able of this consistency. I won all matches I should have won because of my ranking, and also many matches against players above me. But like I said before, with a bit of bad luck this could have gone the other way as well. You must not forget, all of them are super players, a Baghdatis for example is number 140.
Your three goals for this year were to be in the main draws of Paris, Kitzbühel and Vienna without the need of qualis or wild cards. The first goal was reached easily, and for the second the prospects are very well. Wouldn't it be the time to define new goals? Where do you want to be at the end of the year?
I don't like this calling of ranking goals. I rate tournaments higher. And there I still didn't have the breakthrough. There I only showed a bit of my potential. Quarterfinal in Indian Wells for example, this would have been something, but I still didn't achieve such a great result, something like winning a 250-tournament .
So you really think to be able to win a 250-tournament?
Yes. But I am still also able to lose there in the quali.
How do you cope with the big popularity you now have, and with the international attention?
I still didn't sense that much of the popularity, actually only on facebook. There were extremely many messages and postings and all extremely nice. This appreciation means a lot to me.
Isn't that also pressure? The fans expect more of you now.
I don't sense that as pressure. Actually I like it. Of course I will be nervous at the Davis Cup or in Kitzbühel or in Vienna. But the people only expect something of you when you play good. That's more my point of view. Since I was ten years old I worked to be a good tennis player. Now I start to be one. So that is great. I don't want to complain now that somebody expects something. It would be bad if nobody expected anything! (laughs)
Let's be honest: How nervous do you get with the thought in mind to debut in 10 days in Bratislava in Davis Cup, and this immediately as number 1 who is expected to deliver the points?
Currently not at all. Now I'm really excited about the Davis Cup, about the athmosphere, surely there will be also many fans from Austria. And I am really excited about playing in a team. Usually you only play for yourself. Certainly I will be extremely nervous on Friday, but I'm sure the Austrian fans will help us to win that tie and be able to play the relegation matches in fall. I would like to have an atmosphere similar to the one at the Tsonga-match in Vienna also at a Davis Cup. Actually we have a great team with Jürgen Melzer, Andreas Haider-Maurer and myself, with Alexander Peya and the other world class players in the doubles ranking, and also behind them some players show a great development. I really want to see a new tennis euphoria in Austria. And there is this opportunity.
You already beat the Slovak single players Martin Kližan and Lukaš Lacko. Does this fact make it easier for you?
That's not important. When I play well, I can beat both. When I don't play well, I don't have a chance. We have to wait and see how I cope with that, also with Best-of-Five, that's still quite new for me.
What do you think yourself, what will turn Dominic Thiem into a good Davis Cup player?
I don't know if I become that. I can only try to do that. Also it can take some time to player good matches in Davis Cup. Experience is a big part of Davis Cup, and I still can't have that. But Davis Cup is cool.
As last question of many fans: What's the joke with your cheering "Bamos" instead of "Vamos"?
(laughs) Nothing special. Everybody says "Vamos", so we started in my quarter at one point to say "Bamos". And then we sticked to that. I heard kids start to say that now at youth tournaments, I like that very much.

ViennaCalling
03-28-2014, 06:24 PM
Another interview with Dominic ;)

Only in german, sorry.

http://derstandard.at/1395363575561/Im-Tennis-gibt-es-keine-Gottesgeschenke

VamosRafaNadal
03-31-2014, 06:59 PM
Dominic Thiem schedule until Roland Garros:

-> Davis Cup in Bratislava against Slovakia.
-> Qualies in Monte Carlo (ATP Masters 1000).
-> Qualies in Barcelona (ATP 500)
-> Qualies in Madrid (ATP Masters 1000).
-> Qualies in Rome (ATP Masters 1000).
-> Probably Main Draw in Nice.

https://www.facebook.com/1.Dominic.Thiem/posts/812429328772073?stream_ref=10

I like his ambition, he told in his Facebook account that he feels like he is ready for big challenges. He is going through the tough way but that will bring him more experience as a player. Qualies in the three Masters 1000 events can be tricky but the qualies in Barcelona should be a lock. I am looking forward to see him playing in live.

Bamos!

ViennaCalling
04-03-2014, 09:51 AM
Dominic will play his first Davis Cup match tomorrow at 2 PM CET against Norbert Gombos (ATP #164).
ORF Sport + will show it live.

Winnable :)
Good luck :hug:

Litotes
04-03-2014, 10:14 AM
Gombos? Thought it would be Klizan or Lacko. Good luck, Dom :yeah:

Pablo23
04-07-2014, 02:29 PM
well, not exactly the best début ever. Quite disappointing, but these things happen. So, it's Monte Carlo next for Domi.

ViennaCalling
04-12-2014, 12:46 PM
He got a MD WC for Monte Carlo :woohoo:

Good draw as well, 1st round Mahut (FRA), 2nd round maybe Almagro who still plays SF in Houston tonight.

Litotes
04-12-2014, 01:41 PM
That's a quite good draw :) Mahut is not very fond of clay and not in really good form atm. Let's hope Dom can win that one :yeah:

Ace20
04-12-2014, 06:12 PM
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

(3) Stanislas Wawrinka v BYE
Marin Čilić v Fernando Verdasco
Nicolas Mahut v (WC) Dominic Thiem
(15) Nicolás Almagro v Q
(11) Tommy Robredo v Q
Julien Benneteau v Jürgen Melzer
Federico Delbonis v Lu Yen-hsun
BYE v (8) Milos Raonic

Sombrerero loco
04-12-2014, 09:31 PM
he will play qualies in madrid? too cool :hearts:

Pablo23
04-12-2014, 10:39 PM
Excellent draw for Domi. Mahut is very winnable, Almagro has not been very good this year, and has to travel from USA.
R3 match with Stan :drool:

Ace20
04-14-2014, 02:40 AM
Lost the first round tough lost

Nicolas Mahut def. Dominic Thiem 4-6 6-3 6-2

Pablo23
04-20-2014, 06:55 PM
well, that was quick. Never mind the MC fail, Domi's progressed through the Barcelona qualies, and he'll play in R1 against Stepanek, yet another great draw. Let's see what happens...

ViennaCalling
04-21-2014, 03:08 PM
6-4 6-4 against Stepanek.

Tommorow on Center Court (hopefully streamed :drool: ) against Granollers.

Sombrerero loco
04-21-2014, 03:27 PM
amazing dom :bowdown:

ViennaCalling
04-22-2014, 06:11 PM
Dominic def. Granollers (ESP/14) 3-6 6-3 6-2 :worship:

4th Top 40 win this year and now in the Top 70 :eek:

Litotes
04-22-2014, 06:52 PM
Great win by Dominic :worship:

Top-70 will see him enter many tournaments directly :yeah:

Gliese581
04-22-2014, 08:02 PM
great win for dominic:):worship:

id say its safe to say he has met his goals of qualifying directly for the tournaments in austria

ReturnAce
04-22-2014, 08:03 PM
Dominic Thiem: The Biofile
by Scoop Malinowski | 02.04.2014

Dominic Thiem is up to a career-high World No. 79 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after reaching the third round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to Benneteau) and winning his first Grand Slam main draw match after qualifying into the Australian Open.

The 20-year-old Austrian talks about his friendship with Ernests Gulbis, reveals his favourite ice-cream flavour and talks about how he deals with pre-match nerves in this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski.

Tennis Inspiration: I look up to many players. I didn't have one big idol. I really enjoyed watching tennis and liked a lot of the players of the last decade, particularly Roger Federer, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andy Roddick.

First Tennis Memory: My parents are both tennis coaches and also played themselves, so they took me always to the court. That's my first memory, nothing special.

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: Stefan Koubek from Austria, in Vienna. We had the same coach.

Last Book Read: ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown.

Pre-Match Feeling: I try to think not about the match. Otherwise I get nervous. So I try to think about anything else but the match.

Current Car: I drive a black BMW.

Greatest Sports Moment: I think it was my first Grand Slam main draw win in Australia this year against Joao Sousa.

Most Painful Moment: Maybe when I lost the final in the 2011 Roland Garros juniors.

Strangest Match: Well I played in a Morocco Futures once and it was minus degrees and raining. The water was already on the court. But we still played because they couldn't postpone it because it was already Sunday night. That was probably the strangest moment. It was a doubles match and I lost.

Favourite Tournaments: I like my home tournaments in Kitzbuhel and Vienna.

Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: I like to watch Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and Eden Hazard from Chelsea. And I like Steve Nash in the NBA.

Closest ATP Friends: Ernests Gulbis.

Funniest Players Encountered: Also Gulbis [laughs]. I think he's by far the top.

Favourite Sport Outside Tennis: Soccer.

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Stracciatella. It's vanilla with pieces of chocolate.

Why Do You Love Playing Tennis?: Because it's one of the few sports where it's one against one. And you don't need anything from outside to win. You just need to be better than your opponent on this day. You are not depending on anything; you just need to be better on the day. And that's why I love the sport.

Funny Tennis Memory: I will say I smile when Gulbis smashes a racquet. Because I know him well. I’ve known him very well for the past three years. And he's quite different off the court and on the court. So I enjoy watching his matches.

Off the court he's a really nice guy. He's a very intelligent guy. And on the court he seems like sometimes he's not very nice...and so probably some people think that he's also like that off the court. But that's not true. He's one of the nicest guys that I've ever met. I think it's really funny to watch him and I think the sport needs characters like him.

People Qualities Most Admired: I like it if people are friendly, if they are loyal and if they are not arrogant. I think the most important thing is to be nice and to be friendly.

Gliese581
04-22-2014, 08:06 PM
I think its time he got his own thread don't you?

Gliese581
04-22-2014, 08:07 PM
Dominic Thiem: The Biofile
by Scoop Malinowski | 02.04.2014

Dominic Thiem is up to a career-high World No. 79 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after reaching the third round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to Benneteau) and winning his first Grand Slam main draw match after qualifying into the Australian Open.

The 20-year-old Austrian talks about his friendship with Ernests Gulbis, reveals his favourite ice-cream flavour and talks about how he deals with pre-match nerves in this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski.

Tennis Inspiration: I look up to many players. I didn't have one big idol. I really enjoyed watching tennis and liked a lot of the players of the last decade, particularly Roger Federer, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andy Roddick.

First Tennis Memory: My parents are both tennis coaches and also played themselves, so they took me always to the court. That's my first memory, nothing special.

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: Stefan Koubek from Austria, in Vienna. We had the same coach.

Last Book Read: ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown.

Pre-Match Feeling: I try to think not about the match. Otherwise I get nervous. So I try to think about anything else but the match.

Current Car: I drive a black BMW.

Greatest Sports Moment: I think it was my first Grand Slam main draw win in Australia this year against Joao Sousa.

Most Painful Moment: Maybe when I lost the final in the 2011 Roland Garros juniors.

Strangest Match: Well I played in a Morocco Futures once and it was minus degrees and raining. The water was already on the court. But we still played because they couldn't postpone it because it was already Sunday night. That was probably the strangest moment. It was a doubles match and I lost.

Favourite Tournaments: I like my home tournaments in Kitzbuhel and Vienna.

Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: I like to watch Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and Eden Hazard from Chelsea. And I like Steve Nash in the NBA.

Closest ATP Friends: Ernests Gulbis.

Funniest Players Encountered: Also Gulbis [laughs]. I think he's by far the top.

Favourite Sport Outside Tennis: Soccer.

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Stracciatella. It's vanilla with pieces of chocolate.

Why Do You Love Playing Tennis?: Because it's one of the few sports where it's one against one. And you don't need anything from outside to win. You just need to be better than your opponent on this day. You are not depending on anything; you just need to be better on the day. And that's why I love the sport.

Funny Tennis Memory: I will say I smile when Gulbis smashes a racquet. Because I know him well. I’ve known him very well for the past three years. And he's quite different off the court and on the court. So I enjoy watching his matches.

Off the court he's a really nice guy. He's a very intelligent guy. And on the court he seems like sometimes he's not very nice...and so probably some people think that he's also like that off the court. But that's not true. He's one of the nicest guys that I've ever met. I think it's really funny to watch him and I think the sport needs characters like him.

People Qualities Most Admired: I like it if people are friendly, if they are loyal and if they are not arrogant. I think the most important thing is to be nice and to be friendly.

20 years old and he drives a black bmw...im a little jealous

ViennaCalling
04-22-2014, 08:11 PM
I think its time he got his own thread don't you?

I think so too ;)
Where can we ask for it?

Litotes
04-22-2014, 08:12 PM
I think so too ;)
Where can we ask for it?

I'll ask an admin to set up a subforum for Dominic :)

ViennaCalling
04-22-2014, 08:12 PM
I think it's time for a Dominic Thiem-subforum :angel:

Maybe you could post there as well that it's time for a Dominator-Subforum ;)

ViennaCalling
04-22-2014, 08:13 PM
I'll ask an admin to set up a subforum for Dominic :)

Oh, I was too late :lol:

Thanks so much Litotes :hug:

ViennaCalling
04-22-2014, 08:13 PM
"Team Thiem" or "The Dominator" would be a good name for the Subforum, what do you think? ;)

Litotes
04-22-2014, 08:18 PM
"Team Thiem" or "The Dominator" would be a good name for the Subforum, what do you think? ;)

I'm OK with either. I guess we'll have to specify something if we want to not just get "Message board" which is the default.

ViennaCalling
04-22-2014, 08:22 PM
I'm OK with either. I guess we'll have to specify something if we want to not just get "Message board" which is the default.

My proposal is "Team Thiem". We could call the subforum "Dominator" when he wins his first slam :p :devil:

MightyJurgenfan
04-22-2014, 09:36 PM
I am very impressed and happy with his win today. A lot of people are now following him. He is so exciting to watch play.

Chris Kuerten
04-23-2014, 03:34 PM
Litotes trying to get past the system :eek:

Anyway, vote here for Dominic to get his own player forum :p

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=441354

Litotes
04-23-2014, 03:35 PM
Litotes trying to get past the system :eek:

Anyway, vote here for Dominic to get his own player forum :p

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=441354

Sorry for not knowing the rules better, first time we've had player forum request since I became a mod.

I voted in the thread, hope everyone else does too :)

ReturnAce
04-28-2014, 08:03 AM
http://mosaik-traumurlaub.at/images/resampled/535.jpg

http://tennisnet.com/images/uploads_400/1/7/0/1597808/TENNIS---ATP-Barcelona-Open-2014_1398328438329531.jpg

http://static.sportnet.at/images/uploads_300/e/1/c/1596956/TENNIS---ATP-Barcelona-Open-2014_1398176486147117.jpg

Gliese581
05-02-2014, 08:23 PM
his qualifying draw for madrid is out

leonardo mayer in round 1

stakhovsky or matosevic in round 2

honestly leonardo mayer worries me a lot. If he gets past mayer he should qualify

VamosRafaNadal
05-02-2014, 08:33 PM
Tough match against Mayer but I hope he will be tired of his match today versus Berdych in Oeiras. He won't have almost time to recover so Dominic should put a hard fight and he will have the edge if the match goes to a third set. Stakhovsky and Matosevic are two tough rivals as well, not good clay courters but guys that are able to beat ATP players if they play their game. I do not see Dominic winning clearly both of them, he lost against Mahut in Monte Carlo and Stakhovsky and Matosevic are better than Mahut on clay. We gonna see, I hope that Thiem brings his A game and does not choke or something like that. Then he will have chances to qualify. In the Main Draw he could meet players of the likes of Tursunov (a very winnable match). Bamos!

PD: I cannot wait to see the new sub-forum for Dominic Thiem. I have plenty of material to upload from Barcelona, like more than 50 pictures of him plus videos about his shots.

Gliese581
05-02-2014, 08:52 PM
Tough match against Mayer but I hope he will be tired of his match today versus Berdych in Oeiras. He won't have almost time to recover so Dominic should put a hard fight and he will have the edge if the match goes to a third set. Stakhovsky and Matosevic are two tough rivals as well, not good clay courters but guys that are able to beat ATP players if they play their game. I do not see Dominic winning clearly both of them, he lost against Mahut in Monte Carlo and Stakhovsky and Matosevic are better than Mahut on clay. We gonna see, I hope that Thiem brings his A game and does not choke or something like that. Then he will have chances to qualify. In the Main Draw he could meet players of the likes of Tursunov (a very winnable match). Bamos!

PD: I cannot wait to see the new sub-forum for Dominic Thiem. I have plenty of material to upload from Barcelona, like more than 50 pictures of him plus videos about his shots.

neither stakhovsky or matosevic are better than mahut on clay

mahut isnt awful on clay

what im curious to see is how he's recovered from that match against giraldo. that could have killed him mentally. if he gets in the same position again ..

Pablo23
05-02-2014, 11:43 PM
the point in VRN's comment was, I think, that Nico/Stakho/Matosevic are all a bit crap on clay. If Domi lost to Mahut, it's not *that* big a stretch to suggest that he could be in trouble there. And Nicolas is 9-24 on clay at ATP level hahaha. :p
Mayer is tougher, for sure. Still, it's doable, and if Domi wants to get in the top 50 soon he needs these wins. Let's see what happens!

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 02:04 PM
on court against mayer now

leading 3-2 in the first set

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 02:08 PM
mayer holds at love again. 3-3

he's fighting more on serve at the moment

mayer outdoing him 6-2 on return points won, no break points yet though

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 02:15 PM
mayer holds to 30

big games coming for domi now

Litotes
05-03-2014, 02:18 PM
Dom holds again, to 30. Still no deuce.

Litotes
05-03-2014, 02:38 PM
Dom loses the TB after having *5-2, DFing points away :facepalm:

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 02:38 PM
mayer takes a first set tiebreaker 8-6:sad:

no break points for either side

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 02:39 PM
Dom loses the TB after having *5-2, DFing points away :facepalm:

more choking:o

obviously learned nothing from giraldo match

Litotes
05-03-2014, 02:53 PM
We finally got some BPs in the 2nd. Dom takes his 2nd chance and saves both Mayer's afterwards - 2-0.

Litotes
05-03-2014, 02:59 PM
Dom breaks again! *4-1 now :D

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:23 PM
takes the second set 6-2

Litotes
05-03-2014, 03:25 PM
2-2 in the 3rd, no BPs there yet.

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:26 PM
2-2 in the 3rd set

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:29 PM
3-2 mayer in the 3rd set

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:34 PM
dangerous moment here. dom's gotten taken to deuce on his serve

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:34 PM
break point mayer...

deuce

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:36 PM
survives for 3-3

Litotes
05-03-2014, 03:38 PM
Come on Dom, often easier to break after the opponent has wasted BP.....

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:39 PM
a double from mayer gifts dom a 15-40 oppertunity!

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:39 PM
1 saved...

Litotes
05-03-2014, 03:39 PM
YES! :D He takes the 2nd BP (again), *4-3 now!

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:40 PM
yes! :)

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:43 PM
great hold to consolidate

5-3

Litotes
05-03-2014, 03:47 PM
*5-4. OK, Dom, this is it, no choking now.

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:48 PM
dominic serving for the match now..

mayer scraped through a tight game to gold(no match points though)

Litotes
05-03-2014, 03:49 PM
DF :facepalm:

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:50 PM
2 match points

Litotes
05-03-2014, 03:50 PM
YES! Dom wins, 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-4 :banana:

Gliese581
05-03-2014, 03:51 PM
yes! GSM Dom!

6-7, 6-2, 6-4

great recovery from the choke in the tiebreaker

he'll face matosevic next. He really should win that without to much trouble

Litotes
05-03-2014, 03:52 PM
Matosevic is not of the same quality as L Mayer on clay. Still, not to be underestimated. Hope Dom can play a good match tomorrow :)

Sombrerero loco
05-03-2014, 08:43 PM
he was training today with gulbis =DD

Beta2k
05-04-2014, 09:35 AM
he was training today with gulbis =DD

i think he does that every day...

VamosRafaNadal
05-04-2014, 11:38 AM
i think he does that every day...

Hes he does, in Barcelona I saw him at least 3 different days training with Ernests. They practice together in almost a daily basis I think. In fact Thiem watched all the Gulbis matches and Gulbis watched all the Thiem matches. They are friends and they have the same coach, but in Barcelona they went with Gulbis father instead of Gunther Bresnik :lol:

I will publish a thread in the GM later on to put an interview that Gulbis did for the Barcelona tournament. He said that Thiem broke a racket practicing in Barcelona and that he was proud of him, but he didn't do it very well. Gulbis told that Thiem needs to have more eggs when breaking rackets and he will teach him how to do it :lol:

neither stakhovsky or matosevic are better than mahut on clay

mahut isnt awful on clay

what im curious to see is how he's recovered from that match against giraldo. that could have killed him mentally. if he gets in the same position again ..

the point in VRN's comment was, I think, that Nico/Stakho/Matosevic are all a bit crap on clay. If Domi lost to Mahut, it's not *that* big a stretch to suggest that he could be in trouble there. And Nicolas is 9-24 on clay at ATP level hahaha. :p
Mayer is tougher, for sure. Still, it's doable, and if Domi wants to get in the top 50 soon he needs these wins. Let's see what happens!

You are right Pablo23. But I think that Stakhovsky and Matosevic are better than Mahut on clay, but it is more accurate to tell, as you said, that if he lost against Mahut he can lose against Matosevic or Stakhovsky. Thiem will routine those guys in one-two years on clay but now he is still growing as an ATP level tour player.

By the way, excellent victory yesterday. It was a tough and tight match, a shame that Thiem lost that first set but I think that this kind of tricky matches (trickier than what they should have been) will help him to get experience and maturity. He told on his Facebook account that he felt that he is in a very good physical shape so no worries about if he is tired or not.

Today he has a tough match against Matosevic. I hope that Dominic prevails, and I really cross my fingers to see him against Tursunov in the main draw :) Bamos!

Gliese581
05-04-2014, 03:56 PM
serving for the first set now over matosevic

hasnt really been troubled on serve to this point..

15-0

15-15

15-30

30-30

40-30

set:)

6-4

Gliese581
05-04-2014, 04:20 PM
he's now a break up in the 2nd set

has only dropped 11 points on serve and yet to face a break point in the match

last service game did get to deuce though

6-4, 4-2 currently

Gliese581
05-04-2014, 04:30 PM
gsm Dom

6-4, 6-4

routine as expected and great serving

Björki
05-04-2014, 05:08 PM
well done Domi.

He plays Tursunov tomorrow.

Litotes
05-04-2014, 05:54 PM
Tursunov looks like an excellent draw, at least if he continues his recent form.

Gliese581
05-05-2014, 01:12 PM
6-4, 6-2 over tursunov

Björki
05-05-2014, 01:19 PM
easy one :)

Litotes
05-05-2014, 01:20 PM
Yes, nice and easy :yeah: That's how we like R1s to be :)

Litotes
05-06-2014, 09:18 PM
Career best win by some margin for Dom tonight :worship: :worship:

Gliese581
05-06-2014, 09:22 PM
HUGE win tonight. Im so happy for him:bounce::worship:

I tin he justified all the hype in him for sure.

Chris Kuerten
05-06-2014, 09:27 PM
It's all going so fast, I'm getting dizzy :lol:

Didn't even bother checking his draw in case he might win, but the next round is a must win to be honest.

Litotes
05-06-2014, 09:30 PM
Next opponent Youzhny or F. Lopez. Neither has been in intimidating form lately, but neither should be underestimated. Remember how we've just seen Nadal lose twice and the victors lose in the next round. It's always difficult to build on a career win.

Sombrerero loco
05-06-2014, 09:46 PM
yeah yeah :woohoo: amazing stuff!!

Ace20
05-06-2014, 09:48 PM
Huge Win Tonite by Dominic :worship: . This is his first top 10 win right ?

Litotes
05-06-2014, 09:49 PM
Huge Win Tonite by Dominic :worship: . This is his first top 10 win right ?

Yep, first win in his third try, after narrow losses to Tsonga last year and Murray earlier this year.

Puschkin
05-06-2014, 09:50 PM
Next opponent Youzhny or F. Lopez. Neither has been in intimidating form lately, but neither should be underestimated. Remember how we've just seen Nadal lose twice and the victors lose in the next round. It's always difficult to build on a career win.
This. I am very cautious as well for the next round, but even if he loses, it does not matter, he is anyway on the right track.

Sombrerero loco
05-06-2014, 09:54 PM
will he get into top 50 with this victory??

Litotes
05-06-2014, 09:57 PM
will he get into top 50 with this victory??

No, not quite. He's provisional #61.

Ace20
05-06-2014, 09:58 PM
will he get into top 50 with this victory??

No dont think so, with this win I think he ranked at 61

Sombrerero loco
05-06-2014, 10:01 PM
okay. so top 60 if he beats lopez next...lets hope he does

Litotes
05-06-2014, 10:04 PM
okay. so top 60 if he beats lopez next...lets hope he does

Youzhny is favourite to beat Lopez, more likely it will be him. Another win places him as provisional #52-#55, depending on how other players do.

Fearhand
05-06-2014, 11:15 PM
so close to the promised land of direct entry into the 1000s.

GasquetGulbis
05-07-2014, 12:10 AM
Youzhny will be much easier than Lopez for him in my opinion. That big lefty serve to his one-handed backhand will be tough for the kid.

Gliese581
05-07-2014, 01:03 AM
i dream of a domi v.s ernie final:lol:

i know it will never happen but im dieing to see these 2 play. ernie beat him in straights a couple years ago but both are different players now

there've been chances for them to play too but 1 has always lost before they get there

MightyJurgenfan
05-07-2014, 03:03 AM
I believe this win makes Dom the number one player in Austria when rankings come out on Monday. Jurgen lost today so Dom will have enough points to pass him.

BlueLighthouse
05-07-2014, 04:39 AM
@normansweden
Great match by Dom Thiem. Think we will see more of him next 10 years or so. Congrats also to coach @MatsMerkel. Next up Rome!

Dominic has a new coach or this Mats guy just fill in while Bresnik is away, anybody knows?

Ace20
05-07-2014, 05:31 AM
@normansweden
Great match by Dom Thiem. Think we will see more of him next 10 years or so. Congrats also to coach @MatsMerkel. Next up Rome!

Dominic has a new coach or this Mats guy just fill in while Bresnik is away, anybody knows?

I'm not for sure but if I right I think Mat Merkel help coach all the Adidas guy & girls, he kinda apart of the Adidas program like Sven (Maria Sharapova) coach was.

Litotes
05-07-2014, 06:43 AM
I believe this win makes Dom the number one player in Austria when rankings come out on Monday. Jurgen lost today so Dom will have enough points to pass him.

Yes, it's true. Next week Dom will be Austrian #1. First time since 2008 it's not Jurgen.

ViennaCalling
05-07-2014, 11:47 AM
@normansweden
Great match by Dom Thiem. Think we will see more of him next 10 years or so. Congrats also to coach @MatsMerkel. Next up Rome!

Dominic has a new coach or this Mats guy just fill in while Bresnik is away, anybody knows?

Bresnik is still his coach, but wasn't in Madrid because of familiar reasons. The younger brother of Dom, Moritz, was hired as a coach for Madrid :lol:
Mats just accompanied Dominic.

drfelc
05-07-2014, 11:52 AM
Ha ha ha yeah, I saw the video where Moritz was hired too. :D He should keep him as a coach!

Btw, does anybody know whether Sepp Resnik is still his fitness coach?

Gliese581
05-07-2014, 05:35 PM
lopez next

serve could frustrate him but if dom serves well himself i think he'll win.

zebez20
05-07-2014, 05:41 PM
will be tough to break Lopez however Lopez backhand is a liability, coming to the net against Lopez backhand is a good play.

Ace20
05-08-2014, 12:51 AM
MUTUA MADRID OPEN

May 6, 2014

Dominic Thiem

MADRID, SPAIN

D. THIEM/S. Wawrinka
1‑6, 6‑2, 6‑4

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.


Q. Congratulations. At the beginning of the game you seemed to be very nervous. Was it right? And can you tell me when the match changed?
DOMINIC THIEM: Thank you, first. I didn't have many matches against these top guys, so wasn't really used to his pace. He had an unbelievable start and I didn't really know what happened.
Of course I was a little bit nervous, but it wasn't the reason for the first set. His pace was just too high for me. I played a good game in the beginning of the second set to break him, and then I started to get used to more and more his pace and angles and his game.
I think it's probably one of the best what the men's tennis has at the moment. Also, I played unbelievable the second and the third set.

Q. How do you feel now? You played in such a great level with your backhand, which was very surprising in a way. Did you feel very relieved on court after, or how do you explain this very easiness to make...
DOMINIC THIEM: Honestly, no. I cannot really believe it. I was in this famous zone during the match. I was really unbelievable concentrated.
I think that's the way how you can play these very good matches, if you are 100% concentrated and 100% out on the court.

Q. Of course we realize that it is a surprise, but when we saw you playing in Barcelona last week, we realize that you are playing incredible, you are doing a very good match, but you lost one match that you normally never should lose. The thing is, how do you feel with your tennis?
DOMINIC THIEM: This year I played very good so far. Played also very consistent. I made seven out of eight quallies, and the qually matches, they help a lot. I get used to the level of the top 100 guys, and I think I had this year already 35 matches. That's the most important.
I think that's it's more important, to play almost every day against these top guys to increase your own level.

Q. How is it important to be in a team with Gulbis? Does it help you a lot or change something in your way of working?
DOMINIC THIEM: He helps a lot. He is still young, but he's very experienced also already, so he can help me a lot. I'm making the way right now he also made, and I think it's‑‑ I'm very lucky to have one guy like him in the same team.
Of course I think for him it's also good to have a good practice partner. Each of us, it's only good for each of us.

Ace20
05-08-2014, 12:55 AM
On the Cherry Path — [An Up-and-Coming Player and His Unorthodox Coach]


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Sepp Resnik turned 60 recently. Now the man with the most colorful reputation in Austria’s sport scene wants to prove that “world class” works differently than everybody thinks it does. He has tennis prodigy Dominic Thiem, recently turned 20, shower in a waterfall, carry tree trunks through the woods, and do sit-ups at midnight until he screams.

Dominic Thiem really got to know his fitness coach Sepp Resnik on a March afternoon, by the banks of the Wiener Neustadt canal, an unadorned waterway in the dull outer districts of the town.
Thiem (barely 20, running and hence out of breath): ”Look, Sepp, over there, on the other side, there’s some sun on the meadow. That’d be a good place to work out.”
Resnik (also running, but not quite as out of breath): ”Good idea, let’s do that.”
Thiem: ”But…”
Resnik: ”But what?”
Thiem: ”But… bridge?”
Resnik: ”Who needs a bridge? That creek isn’t wider than five meters, and it ain’t deeper than two. You won’t drown.”
Resnik stops, steam clouds forming before his mouth, strips down to his underpants, enters the water as if it’s a hot spring, and motions for Thiem to do the same.
“What are you waiting for?”
Doing the same takes a little time, first of all because Thiem felt like hesitating for a moment and second of all because he had a lot of clothes on, including a parka and a woolen hat. Then Thiem enters the water, toes first, with friendly encouragement by Resnik (“What’s taking you so long?”), and swims through the fresh spring water, fidgeting, gasping for air, only to commence doing all sorts of exercise, the kind of which usually gets you in shape for a military pentathlon, on the other side of the canal for an hour. The March sun is only slowly drying the clothes on Thiem. Afterwards, both swim back, get into their clothes, and Resnik says cheerfully, “Look, now we’re even showered.”
Ferrari Mouse
One could easily attribute the collaboration of Dominic Thiem and Sepp Resnik to a commentator’s joke. Resnik is a former gymnast, soccer player, judoka, track and field athlete, and military pentathlete (in 1984, he was the first Austrian at Hawaii’s Ironman Triathlon). Afterwards he made a name for himself in various ultra-triathlons, for example 1988 in Grenoble (13km swimming, 540km cycling, 126,6 km running); he got attention in 1994 when he circled the world with his bike. With two decades of management experience in the Vienna Go-Go Bar “Beverly Hills”, a marriage to a women who called herself Ferrari Mouse (and who married a woman after their divorce), projects like a world record in endurance downhill skiing, and participating in a nationally televised matchmaking show, he crossed over from the sports section to general news and the gossip pages.
The increasing restraint among sports journalists in appreciation of Resnik’s achievements is based in certain doubts about the reliability of his statements. When a sports magazine published a major piece on Resnik’s ultra-triathlon, a letter to the editor urged for more critical research and enumerated how Resnik’s account of his crossing of the Gibraltar Strait meant he would’ve equaled the 100 meter freestyle world record over the whole distance. (“All accounts were correct. You have to take the current into consideration,” Resnik says even today, two decades later.) The 300 daily kilometers in his 80-days-around-the-world bike tour also raise some skepticism about the credibility of the pipe-smoking Resnik: 300 km is double the distance of an average Tour de France stage, and Resnik was facing non-closed, public roads in countries like Pakistan or Iraq. (“300? It was 350!” says Resnik).
On the other hand, Thiem is one of the world’s best tennis players in his age group, and along with David Alaba one of the only young Austrians on the radar in tennis, which is viewed as a global sport in ski-centric Austria. When Thiem was 17, he caught Ivan Lendl’s eye. Right on the court, Lendl called Adidas and recommended they get the boy a multi-year contract.

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Flashes of talent weren’t scarce for the young Lower Austrian in the following years, but overall, he seemed a little too delicate for pro tennis. His health was frail, he was often tired, and, on the court, wasn’t convincing as a competitor. He always looked as if he’d want to apologize for his thundering winners. When Dominic Thiem would get over himself and pump his fist after a hard-fought point, as is expected by a tennis player in Austria ever since Thomas Muster, he’d hold his thumb in a way that would have got it broken should he actually have used the fist to punch.

Our locker is the trunk
Günter Bresnik, 52, has been Thiem’s coach for eight years and when he’s asked about the most important feature of a successful tennis professional, he says, “Stress tolerance.” Bresnik has been looking for years for the right fitness trainer for his protégé. There were even talks with Roger Federer’s staff member Pierre Paganini, or Bernd Pasold from the Red Bull training center, but somehow nothing worked out.
Then, in the fall of 2012, Bresnik met Resnik. They knew each other from years before, got to talking, and Bresnik invited Resnik to visit them in the Südstadt training center, between a soccer stadium and the parking lot of a shopping mall. Resnik came, watched the boy for ten minutes, and said, “Günter, I saw everything. The boy can do anything from the hip upwards and nothing from the hip downwards.”
About Christmastime of that year, they started working together on a trial basis, in idling mode by Resnik’s standards, which means 15 km runs in the park of the military academy in Wiener Neustadt.
“We went running at midnight, so we’d be undisturbed. The first time, Dominic asked where the lockers are, and I told him: our locker is the trunk. Then he said that it’s dark. And I told him: what else do you expect at midnight? When I say right, you go right, when I say left, you go left. I’ve run 60.000 km in this park, I know my way around.”
In the first workout together, Resnik counted 16 walk-breaks in 15 kilometers. “The boy’s pulse hit the roof.“ Two weeks later, it was two walk-breaks.
Stalingrad et cetera
Sepp Resnik is one of those people you can’t be formal with. And he’s a rather entertaining narrator, with strengths in the more associative form. When the conversation turns to the topic of sleep, because you ask whether Dominic Thiem would get enough to be on the court the next day after 15km at midnight, he’ll say, “For years, I trained by myself every night. Every evening I biked from Vienna to the Wechsel. [Note: 1.700 m mountain pass about 100km south of Vienna.] And at 7.30 am in the morning I was here to wish the company a good morning.”
But when did you sleep?
“I didn’t.”
But man can’t live without sleep… ?
“I didn’t sleep for decades. And do I look bad? There you have it. I’m not wasting my time with sleeping anymore.“
Sepp, with all due respect, but I can’t believe that. Completely without sleep, that’s not possible.
“Says who?”
Silence.
“Now pay attention to what I’m saying. Thirty years ago my coach, Hans Schackl [note: the way Resnik refers to him as “der Schackl Hans” is equally casual and untranslatable] told me: Stop sleeping. From now on, we’re training every evening from seven in the evening to five in the morning, every day, and Saturday, Sunday are the races. I told him, I don’t get it, so he just handed me war literature. Stalingrad, mountaineering, wars, Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago. I read that, and then I knew, my whole life truly is a vacation.
But the body’s requirements…
“I don’t care about requirements. Whatever. You’d be amazed at what you’re capable of when the going gets tough. In the Battle of Stalingrad, people recognized the senselessness of their actions and said, I’m going home now. Then they went home on foot. Those are landmarks for me. You get that?“
Hm.
“You know, I’m from an industry where the establishment of boundaries doesn’t exist.“
Sentences like this one showcase Sepp Resnik’s prominent chin. In the chin discipline, he’s world champion, leagues ahead of Michael Schumacher and Jay Leno.

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For aerobic capacity
Immediately after the tournament in Kitzbuhel at the end of July – Thiem beat Juergen Melzer and reached his first quarterfinal at the ATP level – the schedule called for a week of fitness training. In pro sports, such timeouts from the everyday training and competition cycle are called a “fitness block“, where the core elements of Athleticism 101 are refreshed: strength, speed, coordination, endurance. Fitness blocks are usually held in gyms with mirrored walls, heart-rate monitor straps, lactate tests at the earlobes, ergometers, various colorful training utensils, hip-hop from the sound system, and a laptop to analyze all data on the spot.
Resnik doesn’t like gyms. He also doesn’t like it when things get too technical: “What sports scientists say is the base, not the purpose.” He doesn’t care much for training schedules. He measures Dominic Thiem’s pulse by putting the finger at his carotid artery. “Right at the start I told Dominic, ‘We’re never going to a fitness center. We’re not lifting weights, we’re lifting tree trunks. Our fitness center is nature, where the best water and the best oxygen are. We’re getting our strength from where most of it is found.’” For the fitness block, Resnik organized a hunter’s cabin near Gutenstein in the southern parts of Lower Austria. “A friend of mine owns half the valley,” says Resnik, “so we got plenty of space.” And then they went back into the woods.
“One, two hours uphill on a forest trail at first, just walking, not running. Then there’s a tree trunk, 25 kilograms. ‘Dominic’, I say to him, ‘take it on your shoulders’. Then we keep on walking, and I explain to him what this is good for: shoulder girdle, upper body, aerobic capacity. Every five minutes, we switch, and I take the trunk. And so we keep on walking for another two hours.”
There isn’t a drill that Resnik doesn’t do along with Thiem.
“There’s a purpose behind that. Not for me, but for him. Because when he says that he’s hurting, then he looks at me. And he sees a sixty year old doing all the same things he does and whistling all the while.
“One of the following days, I woke up Dominic before midnight, brought him to the parlor, and told him, ‘We’ll do sit-ups now. Forty-five minutes. And just so things don’t get too easy, we’re each gonna be holding a chair in front of our chest. In the dark, because I didn’t turn on the lights, so he’ll concentrate on the drill. At some point, he started screaming, because it hurt that much, and he said, ‘I can’t do it anymore, I can’t do it anymore!’ I reply, ‘I never want to hear that again, not ever, because what a sixty year old can do, a twenty year old has to be able to do three times.’”
That morning, they showered under a waterfall.
Doubt soothes me
Sepp Resnik’s stories rise above the usual form of conversation in colorful arabesques. For instance, when it comes to the general topic of the extraordinary, it sounds like this:
“Extraordinary goals require extraordinary measures. I always knew that. If you walk the path that everybody walks, you’ll only reach the goal that everybody reaches. So it’s a great honor to me when someone says, Resnik is a lunatic, a nutjob. Because that means I do something that the other one can’t comprehend. For me, doubt is confirmation. Doubt soothes me.”
“I used to care about what other people think of me. By now, I don’t give a crap. I’m untouchable, because I don’t care about everyone else. If I want to yell something on court during a tennis match, then I’ll yell. Let people think whatever they want. At the final in Este [a Futures in Italy, which Thiem won in late August], when Dominic went up 1-0 in the first set, I yelled at him, ‘Attack! Attack him now! Break!’ And he went on to break.“
“Money? It’s not an issue. I have what I need. I have my [Mercedes] 500 Coupé and my Jaguar, in dark blue with beige leather, just like I always wanted. I’m no fool, that’s for sure. I told them, I’d do the first year with Dominic for free. I’ll even pay for my gas, when I have to drive somewhere, and my food. That way, I’m free in what I do and how I do it. I can tell him: If you’re late once, by one minute, I’m gone. Forever. We’ll talk about money when Dominic gets to some cash. And the boy will get there, you bet he will. Did you ever listen when he’s playing? He’s the only one, the only one of them all, who’ll have you hear a bang when he strikes the ball.”
“When I got back from a tournament with Dominic, the police called and told me that there’d been a burglary at my house. The whole place was messed up. So I get there, take a look around, and the policeman asks me if I need a psychologist, because they have professional assistance for victims of break-ins. So I tell him, ‘Listen. Next time, you’ll need a psychologist. Because I’ll have this whole place fixed, and then I’ll put in some booby traps. Just like I was taught at the army. And next time when someone comes and tries to mess with the door, there’ll be a cadaver lying around by the time you get here.’“
Solzhenitsyn has to wait
Last Christmas, Thiem was ranked outside of the Top 300. Eight months later – including two months in spring he lost due to intestinal surgery – he’d cut his ranking number in half. No younger player is ranked ahead of him right now. After making the quarterfinals in Kitzbuhel, he won the Futures tournament in Este and reached his first Challenger level final in Como. He barely missed the cut for the US Open in New York, and will have his Grand Slam debut with the pros in January at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
When you talk about Resnik with Dominic Thiem , his father Wolfgang, or with Günther Bresnik, they all admit to having reservations initially, but they all praise his creativity, his dedication and enthusiasm. “He’s crazy, in a good way,“ says Bresnik, “and so he’s a rather good fit for our team.”
Resnik’s approach to tennis is not clogged up with detailed knowledge, but that maybe is the refreshing thing about it. “Tennis is a ghetto,” he says. “As a tennis idiot, Dominic will never be a successful tennis player. In professional sports, everyone talks the same language. And there are cherries that you can pick and transfer from one sport into another. If you master that, to recognize the cherries and transfer them, then jumps in performance are rather easily possible. You just have to accept the experience people in other disciplines have achieved.” Resnik gave Thiem a book about Zen Buddhism, one of those cherries, “so he knows what he can do with his breathing,“ and another book about anatomy, “so he knows what goes where in his body.“
And the cherry Solzhenitsyn?
“Solzhenitsyn has to wait for now. But we’ll get there.“
That out there is not a game , it’s a war
You can tell rather easily by looking at him that Dominic Thiem doesn’t particularly enjoy grinding sit-ups in a clearing in the woods. And he doesn’t enjoy getting bugs from the tree trunks into his hair when he’s weightlifting. Still, he has come to appreciate the sometimes unorthodox methods of his fitness coach. And besides, Thiem likes Resnik. “He’s just a wicked guy,” he says.
For his 60th birthday, Thiem even made him a special present. It was the day of his Futures final in Este, Italy. At some point halfway through the first set a spectacular rally brought both players to the net. After a body fake, Thiem wanted to put the ball past his duped opponent in slow motion, but the ball caught the tape, wandered a bit on the edge, before dropping back on Thiem’s side of the court. Thiem looked up to Resnik sitting in the stands, yelled, “Happy Birthday, Sepp!”, and thrashed his racquet. Thiem had never destroyed a racquet in a tournament before.
“That’s my gift to you,” he yelled and grinned.
If Resnik had a talent for emotion, his eyes probably would’ve watered. “Yes, that was a beautiful moment,” he says, “Because for my taste, Dominic was too well-behaved on court. I told him, listen, when you get out there, you’re going to be an animal. That out there is not a game , it’s a war. And now… such aggression… a great gift.”
Ever since, he carries around that racquet like a trophy. “Should I get it? It’s out in the car!”
Recently, Sepp Resnik got his very first mobile phone. “So I’m available to Dominic at all times.”
So it goes, day and night.
At the end of last year, Sepp Resnik quit working at the Beverly Hills, the Go-Go bar in Vienna, where he’d spent almost every night for the last twenty years. On November 30th, he’ll have his last day as a soldier. Then, he’ll be a retiree.
He’s looking forward to that, the freedom: “From December 1st on, I’m on permanent vacation.”
And then, almost as if it’s a slip, he adds, “I don’t even know if I’m still up-to-date. In my work with Dominic, I go back 40, 50 years and check whether the standards are still the same. Whether my standards are still up-to-date. This is now an examination on the highest level, how much 40 years of experience are still worth.”
Can you say that the Dominic project reassures your own youth?
“No. You can’t. The Dominic project reassures my life. That all parameters of my life are working.”
Uh, imagine. Failure!
“There is no failure” — there goes old Sepp Resnik again — “failure would only be proof that I made a mistake and have to change something.”
And now to the topic of a grand finale:
“On May 1st, I’ll leave from Rathausplatz, in front of 40.000 people. [Note: Masses actually do congregate on this central spot in Vienna on May 1st. This, however, has nothing to do with Resnik, but with the traditional Labour Day rally.] At the end of my career, one more time: In 80 days around the world. By bike. Get your stuff together, I told my helpers from back then, who’re all now 70, 80 years old, we’ll do it one last time. And if someone has doubts: just come along. Everybody is invited. On May 1st, we’ll ride out of Rathausplatz, turn right, and 80 days later we’ll be coming back, from the left.”
Which course?
“Same as always. Our regular course.”
Right, that would be…
“Vienna, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, from Istanbul through Turkey, through Iran …“
It’s not very pleasant there at the moment, supposedly.
“I’ve ridden through war before, that doesn’t matter. Then on through Pakistan, Balochistan, India. We’ll pack up everything at the embassy in New Delhi, then we’re gonna fly to Australia, Cairns, 4.700 kilometers down along the coast to Sydney, then Hawaii, 600 kilometers around the main island for nostalgic reasons, on the plane to Los Angeles, then across Albuquerque, Pasadena, Washington DC, by plane to Lisbon, then down south via Cadiz, Marbella, up towards Barcelona, Genoa, to the left up into Switzerland, Locarno, Feldkirch, and back home to Vienna.”
“Yes, so it goes,” he says, “day and night.”

Sham Kay
05-08-2014, 02:00 AM
An eccentric coach is putting it mildly. I'm starting to see where Thiem gets his mental strength from. Thanks for that, Ace20.

It's cool that Lendl recognised his talents early on as well. Must have taken one look at that single hander and been sold on the spot.

zjtennis
05-08-2014, 06:44 AM
I am actually really liking Thiem! He is so vocal about his matches, quite social media savvy (has his own FB page and talks about his experiences) yet very respectful. I have to say that if he continues this form he would be in the Top 30 at the end of the year at no time. I can't wait for him to get his own player's forum page -- he deserves it, especially after defeating the World #3 on his most successful surface. I hope he continues saying his thoughts about his matches even if he grows up.

Gliese581
05-08-2014, 05:47 PM
he got sick and had to withdraw:sad:

not fair. lopez was a very winnable match

Litotes
05-08-2014, 05:52 PM
he got sick and had to withdraw:sad:

not fair. lopez was a very winnable match

Oh, how awful! :speakles: Poor Dom :sad: I wish him a rapid recovery :hug:

GasquetGulbis
05-09-2014, 10:09 PM
Is he not playing Rome?

VamosRafaNadal
05-09-2014, 10:56 PM
Is he not playing Rome?

No, he needs to rest a few days before practicing again. He is pointing to play in Nice and Paris according to his Facebook profile.

Bamos Dominic!

Gliese581
05-09-2014, 10:56 PM
Is he not playing Rome?

no he's not. but he says on facebook that he should be fit to play nice and roland garros

zjtennis
05-11-2014, 02:34 PM
Hier das versprochene Update. Ich war jetzt gerade bei meinem Arzt zuhause. Wahrscheinlich stimmt die erste Vermutung Lebensmittelvergiftung oder Virus, aber er macht zur Sicherheit auch ein Blutbild. Die nächsten zwei bis drei Tage muss ich auf jeden Fall pausieren. Dann darf ich hoffentlich wieder trainieren. Rom abzusagen war schwer, aber es geht nicht anders. Bis Nizza bin ich sicher wieder fit! Danke für eure extrem vielen extrem netten Nachrichten, die bauen auf! :)
//
Here is my promised update. I saw my doctor now. Most probably it has been food poisoning or a virus I suffered yesterday. (And still suffer a bit to be honest.) To be on the safe side he does a blood panel as well. I am not allowed to practise for the next two or three days but hope to start my preparation for Nice and Paris as soon as possible. Having to pull out of Rome hurt, but there was no alternative. Thank you all for those tons of super nice messages I received yesterday and today! :)

It seems he is still recovering and seems to play Nice next then be ready for RG.

ViennaCalling
05-19-2014, 07:54 PM
Dominic lost 5 kilos because of the viral infection :sad:

He arrived in Nice this evening.

http://tennisnet.com/de/at/herren/atp/3808146/ATP-Nizza_Dominic-Thiem-um-funf-Kilo-abgemagert-erst-am-spaeten

Gliese581
05-19-2014, 08:24 PM
i dont think he can win this now

Litotes
05-19-2014, 08:26 PM
i dont think he can win this now

Will be tough, yes. He's still favourite among the bookies, though.

ViennaCalling
05-19-2014, 08:29 PM
Well, if he feels fit now (and according to Bresnik he does) then he can win for sure ;)

Gliese581
05-19-2014, 08:30 PM
Will be tough, yes. He's still favourite among the bookies, though.

i dont know. between not being ready to go until just today and the weight loss and who he's playing who would be a difficult task under normal circumstances i dont see it

ViennaCalling
05-19-2014, 08:35 PM
i dont know. between not being ready to go until just today and the weight loss and who he's playing who would be a difficult task under normal circumstances i dont see it

He was in the hospital just to be sure that he is allowed to play. The doctors gave their okay ;)

Gliese581
05-19-2014, 08:36 PM
He was in the hospital just to be sure that he is allowed to play. The doctors gave their okay ;)

okay:)

i'll try to be a little more optimistic..and i certainly hope im wrong.

ViennaCalling
05-19-2014, 08:37 PM
okay:)

i'll try to be a little more optimistic..and i certainly hope im wrong.

I understand you very well :lol:

But it's Dominic. If he could not play like he is used to, he would not play :)
He will fight his way past Johnson tomorrow I hope :angel:

Gliese581
05-20-2014, 05:02 PM
well he dropped the first set 6-3 to spite having 0-40 on johnson's serve twice:rolleyes:

he was broken by johnson on the only break point he faced

1-1 in the 2nd set on serve:

15-0

15-15

30-15

30-30

40-30

2-1

Gliese581
05-20-2014, 05:08 PM
johnson holds comfortably again

now he holds comfortably

3-2

Gliese581
05-20-2014, 05:16 PM
he's doing nothing on return this set

3-3

15-0

30-0

30-15

30-30

30-40

deuce

adv. domi

hold

4-3 now

GasquetGulbis
05-20-2014, 05:26 PM
I don't think it has anything to do with his sickness. Johnson is serving extremely well, I think Thiem would struggle on his return regardless.

Gliese581
05-20-2014, 05:48 PM
he took the 2nd set 7-6 in a tiebreaker(7-5)

hope he's got something left in the tank for a 3rd set

MightyJurgenfan
05-20-2014, 06:36 PM
Great win for Dominic. He is such a great fighter.