There aren’t many better ways to finish your season than at the ATP Finals however losing the final can be a tough end to the week in London.
Dominic Thiem would have seen last year that Stefanos Tsitsipas three wins on route to the final were all in straight sets so with the Austrian taking the opener it put him in a good position but the Greek star had other ideas in mind.
Losing any final is incredibly tough and we saw Thiem go through Federer and Djokovic in the round robin to qualify for the semi-finals where he beat Sascha Zverev in the final four.
Dominic Thiem came onto the scene as this guy who was going to cause issues on clay courts for the best. 10 of his first 13 top ten wins were against players on a clay court.
13 of his last 16 top ten wins have been on hard courts including 10 in a row. His ability to go from this clay court guy and improve his hard court game is incredible as is his ability to bounce back.
Defeats in the final of the ATP Finals and Australian Open haven’t held him back at all and that is massive. In the last twelve months or so he has beaten Zverev, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Djokovic, Federer and Nadal on hard courts.
He has become this big game, big stage player over the last few years and we saw that with his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows defeating Medvedev and Zverev in the semi-finals and final respectively.
I don’t think he has had the credit he deserves, he led in the finals of the ATP Finals and Australian Open and lost and then was two sets and a break down in New York but won 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 against the German.
Since winning his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows the momentum has slowed down. He was pulled apart by Hugo Gaston despite being two sets to one up and then lost to Diego Schwartzman from this same lead in the final eight of Paris.
Thiem left Vienna in defeat to Rublev who will debut in London this year and injury meant that he wasn’t in Paris this year but is expected to be at the O2 Arena for the season finale, can he go one step further?