It’s a quote from a Bresnik interview after Dominic’s title in Buenos Aires.
Now some days after a small disaster in Rio de Janeiro.
No comments from Bresnik.
Were Bresnik’s words not prophetic? Verdasco for sure does not belong to those, knowing what Thiem is able to deliver. Not a nice joke for Dominic and his fans.
Now how should we interpret Bresnik’s words? He is for sure the man, who knows the most about Dominic. Another one is his fitness coach Alex Stober. Both outstanding professionals.
One possible interpretation is, that Dominic is far from peaking this season. Could be. Many top players are not. Many high ranked players exit early in tournaments before their main season or season’s parts.
Who were tournaments winners so far in 2018?
Brisbane – Nick Kyrgios
Doha – Gael Monfils (could have been Thiem but a virus got him out)
Tata Open – Gilles Simon
Sydney – Danil Medvedev
Auckland – Roberto Bautista Agut
Sofia – Mirza Basic
Quito – Roberto Carballes Baena
Montpellier – Lucas Pouille
New York Open – Kevin Anderson (first one from Top10, but not Top10 before the tournament and probably only short-term Top10 member)
Buenos Aires – THIEM (first long-term Top10 member)
And 3 others, having finals today, so I give 2 potential winners:
Rio de Janeiro – Verdasco/Schwartzman
Marseille – Pouille/Khachanov
Delray Beach – Tiafoe/Gojowczyk
No big names here. I left intentionally Australian Open and Rotterdam aside – won by Roger Federer, but this is a special case (in many aspects). And Federer will not play 20+ tournaments in 2018, probably not more than 10-12, so he is planning his peaks differently.
Now back to Thiem.
Everything before Monte Carlo Masters is part of his season’s introduction. To peak for 3 clay Masters, Barcelona and French Open, Thiem cannot go deep in every tournament before. There must be some calculation and all top players must do it.
So would it be so good and wise to prepare Thiem to win Buenos Aires, Rio, Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami? So long his main winning surface is clay, for sure not. Maybe in 1-2 years, but then with heavy focus on all Masters and Slams, no matter the surface.
Next for Thiem is Acapulco and this is a warm-up event before Sunshine Double for those, who did not play much so far this year. Don’t expect Thiem to win Acapulco. Maybe he could win it, but this could cost him following 2 Masters, where to go deep, has sense because of ranking. Thiem is not (yet) contender for crowns there, but could try to go deep in one of these tournaments.
So yes, I think, Bresnik knows, what he speaks about and this means, Thiem cannot peak right now. And nobody can win 5-10 tournaments in a row.
So it’s rather not a joke but scheduling. Maybe first season with bigger plans and maybe real chances to reach big goals. Not now!
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