For some time now we’ve been speculating about a new Grand Slam champion, when will it happen?
Dominic Thiem has come the closest having been runner up in back to back Roland Garros finals. Daniil Medvedev added his name to the hat with a very good run to the US Open final adding his name to the hat of contenders.
However, it is the Austrian back in another final and he has his eyes set on history.
Dominic said he is going to learn from his previous finals and has come into this with a mentality of ‘why not?’ following his run to the final of the ATP Finals in November and of course, winning the title at Indian Wells.
Dominic Thiem has beaten the best in tennis, victory over Rafael Nadal was his first win over the Spaniard at a Grand Slam but Novak Djokovic is a different animal right now.
The world number two just looks in the mood this year, he has started the season better than you could have expected. Even when there is a bit of a lull like in the first set against Federer he finds a way through. It feels inevitable that he will find a way in a major.
Thiem did win their last meeting which gives him a lot of hope and something to build on.
From Djokovic’ point of view the end of last season was just all over the place. I didn’t think he recovered from his elbow issue in New York and we saw in Shanghai and London the issues he suffering with his serve but did win Paris.
Thiem has seen off Djokovic in a major before at Roland Garros but the hard courts are his bread and butter. He does have a little bit more to offer on the surface and has the patience to grind out in rallies.
Dominic has done some big things on hard courts over the last twelve years and is shifting that ‘clay court player’ tag but I do think right now this will be a step too far.