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Is it a smart move of Thiem to play Rio?

  • A single clay tournament is fine, as long as he does not to play too much, as when Bresnik ruled.

    Votes: 9 37.5%
  • Thiem knows it is not smart. Probably he signed a multi-year deal and is too nice to break it.

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • Yes, it is! The more he plays on clay, the better chances at RG, and that's what counts.

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • Thiem's scheduling wouldn't be smart for anyone else, but it works for him as he showed last year.

    Votes: 4 16.7%
  • Switching surfaces is not smart. Thiem just doesn't realize this since he won in Indian wells 2019.

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • Ban OP. Thiem works with a professional team. Does the OP think he is smarter than the lot of them?

    Votes: 6 25.0%

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When the other top players stick to hardcourt until the sunshine double has been played, Thiem goes to South America (Rio) to play on clay. Beating Rafa at the AO and defeating both Federer and Nole at the tour final, making the final at both events, one would think that Thiem no longer viewed himself as a mere clay specialist and that he would start to schedule as an all-round surface player. Is it really smart to change the surface back and forth more than your competitors, if you want to keep a high level of play during a long season?

On the other hand, Thiem has made good results in Indian wells before, despite detours on clay after AO, most notably last year. Thus an argument can be made that the Austrian knows what he is doing. What's your opinion? Please answer the poll and/or comment below.
 

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I think it’s smart given the depleted field, he can pick up 500 points without draining his energy in tough fields like Dubai and Acapulco, and even if he loses early he’ll still be fresh for March Masters.
 

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First of all, he loves to play in South America, he only retired from Buenos Aires event because he went far at the AO. Second, he is the huge favourite to win in Rio, more than ever, so he could grab 500 easy points. Third, he won't play the Davis Cup in Austria the first week of March, so he won't have to travel back to Europe before the Double Sunshine. Fourth, after Rio, he already planned 2 weeks training somewhere in America, I don't know if if will stay a couple of more days in Brazil or if he will be heading directly to IW, but all in all, it is a good move, surely because, he will stay in America after Rio, and won't play the Davis Cup in Austria before returning to California. I guess the fact that Nicolas Massu is Chilean also contributed to this kind of planning, so Massu could return to his country after the AO and spend some time there, and join Dominic in Rio. Dominic is not scheduled to play in Acapulco, so he will arrive "fresh" in Indian Wells to defend his title.
 

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These Ban OP options are getting a bit repetitive don't ya think, OP? We get you are funny and don't care about being criticised by MTFers. I salute you, no less.
 

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Yes, it is. Clay is the surface of the next Slam, it isn't his fault that the calendar is for some strange reasons polluted with 2 HC mandatories during the clay season lasting from Cordoba to Kitzbühel.

And out of those 2 Masters, one plays like an aggressive clay court anyway and the other one has to be destroyed.
 

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a ATP 500 on clay, I say why not?
 

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Yes, it is. Clay is the surface of the next Slam, it isn't his fault that the calendar is for some strange reasons polluted with 2 HC mandatories during the clay season lasting from Cordoba to Kitzbühel.

And out of those 2 Masters, one plays like an aggressive clay court anyway and the other one has to be destroyed.
god I hate Miami Masters wholeheartedly
 

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Thiem just made the finals of AO, he doesn’t need or want this measly 500 points with no prize money associated with it. Save this 500 point tournament for Kyrgios, these tournaments are the highlights of his career biotch
 

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Thiem's 76 76 46 76 win over Rafa, will probably damage Thiem's psyche.
How can he ever hope to beat Rafa at Roland Garros, if he needs to fight so hard just to beat Rafa at Rafa's worst slam event?
 

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Thiem just made the finals of AO, he doesn’t need or want this measly 500 points with no prize money associated with it. Save this 500 point tournament for Kyrgios, these tournaments are the highlights of his career biotch
The only ATP clay final Kyrgios has made is 250 Estoril, almost five years ago.

In 2018 and 2019 combined he is 2-3 on clay (five matches played).
 
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