Saving himself? Dominic Thiem puts on a flat display ahead of Saturday’s semi-finals!

The match on Thursday afternoon between Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini was never going to change much. Dominic Thiem would top the group no matter what would happen on Thursday and Matteo Berrettini would go home.

The Italian can walk away from his time in London with his head held high following progressive improvement throughout the week and his attitude was outstanding as he ended his run in London with a win.

Dominic Thiem has resurfaced some questions.

He took Roger Federer apart and went toe to toe with Novak Djokovic securing two massive wins however his performance against Matteo Berrettini was flat.

Was he saving himself? Is that the right approach to take?

He did look frustrated at times but his level was off. He was hitting his forehand 9mph slower than he did vs Novak and his backhand 8mph slower. He failed to find depth on his shots and it felt like he was going through the motions.

On visual of the match I was disappointed with the level of Thiem, I know he has qualified for the semi-finals already but surely some momentum would be key unless recovery has not been great since Tuesday night.

Credit where it is due to Berrettini, he has had a positive tournament for a guy so early in his career despite a couple of the guys being younger than him.

Dominic Thiem’s level dropped dramatically, can he find it for Saturday?

If he is going to do it he won’t do it with his coach Nicolas Massu. Nicolas has been with Thiem since around March and has helped him reach another level but won’t be in London for the semi-final and potentially final.

Nicolas is the captain of the Chilean Davis Cup team and has to be on site before the event so is on his way to Madrid where Chile open play on Tuesday morning.

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