Hall of Fame
I find that a lot, but not all, of the vitriol directed toward Thiem - and before them at the Lost Gen guys and behind them at Zverev and company - is led by the staunchest Fedfans who want these guys to rise up to knock off Rafa and Novak. Not all of the harsh criticism, but a lot of it.Honestly it was one of the best matches I've seen him play because he was hitting with so much velocity yet not making many errors and you are right in how smart he played. Also, his defense and movement was incredible. That is definitely something that has improved drastically in his game and why he is going to be a force it seems in these big tournaments. I did think Djokovic had a terrible day at net, something like 50%, and should have put a lot of those volleys away but credit to Thiem for making him play one more shot.
I think he's better than Wawrinka also and more versatile. I've actually always have believed in this guy's talent when he was being raked across the coals on this site so I can't say I'm surprised he's reached this level.
Like Fed in this respect, Thiem can defend well when called upon, and even has that squash shot working, though not quite in Fed's league there. Looking back at the match, in some ways it's hard to believe that Novak was that close to winning. I will say that Novak was starting to read Thiem's serves better in the third set and had some better looks at breaking him. And didn't Thiem fire off two aces in that infamous third-set breaker? Sometimes, you just tip your cap, and say "well done"!