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In hindsight was it a good decision? Looking at the draw and depleted field, he could've easily steamed through the final, and with Nadal and Nole looking average, he would've fancied his chances on a Rome title. With that, he could've potentially gained an extra 900 points, rising to no. 2. Being seeded 2nd, he could've avoided Nadal and Djokovic until the final at RG. Not only that, he probably would've been the first non big 4 member to be no 2 in over 15 years.
 

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Pretty sure some rest was the good decision. And hopefully Youzhny replaced Bresnik in that decision process.
That said this two Slams in a row with different surfaces and different games is tricky.
Tricky like the old fashionned Channel Doublé that only Borg and Nadal achieved if I am not wrong.
Good point for Thiem he won the Slam (even if because of a default but the guilty one had what he deserved) which is on paper the less fit to his game.


Djokovic and Nadal looking average in the early rounds, is the same story like every year in the first Clay Event of the Season, usually Monte Carlo but which happens to be Roma this weird year.

That said Djokovic even average was solid against Krajinovic and Rafa need probably more time with no competitive match since February.
They both have had their transition Event in Roma and now can build on it.
Only 10ish days to go, but we already have seen those two radically change their level in 10 days.

Thiem will have to do the transition to Clay too in the early rounds of The French, which can be safer because 128 players draw and Bo5, but can also be trickier with a Clay specialist ranked outside 32....

We have seen many seeded players clueless in Roma (Tsitsipas Monfils Garin Wawrinka Goffin Fognini) despite not being what we can call absolute Clay mugs and some I would have call "natural Clay player"

I also remember some disastrous South American Clay Swing from Thiem which means he can also not behave like a "natural Clay player" whose transition is just fluent.

Last but not least, I know some Tards and some Haters will jump at my throat like crocodiles, I have no crystal ball and I do not predict anything, just wanted to say that things can happen drastically differently that what was planned on paper.... even by the best analysts...

Players looking impressive in some matches can just mean their opponent is not playing at the Tour level for multiple reasons (fatigue tightness tanking...), players winning but looking unimpressive can be the same for different reasons (arrogance, lack of focuse, trying new things when non in danger) and it is difficult to predict Future from The Past even the latest past....

We had another exemple last night.
 

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No.

Maybe it could be argued he should have played Hamburg, where i believe conditions will be similar to RG but that's it.

Thiem is banking on an easy draw.
 

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I still think Thiem should've played.He is young,so why not?Considering there were no play for 6 month(don't count exho shit)
 

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Would that have meant that he would have had to play 1 match on Wednesday in Rome between Monday and Friday after the USO final on Sunday?
 

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No. He needed to rest after USO triumph.
And he has a bigger fish to fry in Paris.
 

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Thiem loses to some serious scrubs when he’s not fully ready, look at some of his golden swing results. I don’t think he would have won even if he avoided Djokovic and Nadal.
 
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