Just an idea about how much Dominic Thiem has declined (sadly)

Do you think its just a mental issue??


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Kralingen

Hall of Fame
I am nearly 100% certain he has a physical issue. Not just from his movement on court, he mentioned it in an interview. He was recovering from a foot/ankle injury after the AO.

Mentally and form wise he is definitely out of it but do not discount the physical dimension. Big reason why I think he needs to take time off if he wants to win a Slam again.
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
I'm more than assured that this is definitely not a mental decline or mental issue or motivational issue.

Thiem's forehand is a mere shadow of what it used to be, shot pace is down considerably off both wings, slices most of the backhands, stamina is basically shot, serve speed is drastically reduced.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
He's unplayable on hc when peaking. So impressive how he straight setted Medvedev at USO. Hope he rises again.
 
My thoughts on this, and I’ll be serious for once. He’s probably suffering from the same thing gold medalists endure when they win at the Olympics, they spend their life dedicated to chasing perfection and to be the best in their chosen field and when they finally win that gold it’s like a “ damn, I’ve done it, but what do I do now“ moment
Thiem has won a slam and his life’s ambition has been achieved in an era of 3 ATGs. He’s probably mentally fried and lost all that hunger he‘s had since he was working his way up to the top. Similar thing happened to Djokovic , after he won the French there was a 9 slam gap between that and his next slam title, probably because Djokovic had fulfilled everything slam wise at that point.
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
Which B3 had a similar decline? Djokovic, in his '16-17 tailspin, but by that time, Novak had won 12 majors, and been #1 for many years! And Dom has no obvious injury!
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
He deserved a slam for the amount of times he went deep in the FO to be stopped by Nadal but Thiem is very lucky that Djokovic got disqualified and Zverev **** the bed serving for the USO because he would end slamless. He is obviously not finished but I don’t see him winning another slam
 

GhostofPetros

Semi-Pro
I'm more than assured that this is definitely not a mental decline or mental issue or motivational issue.

Thiem's forehand is a mere shadow of what it used to be, shot pace is down considerably off both wings, slices most of the backhands, stamina is basically shot, serve speed is drastically reduced.
Self-doubt can do this to a player
 

blablavla

G.O.A.T.
My thoughts on this, and I’ll be serious for once. He’s probably suffering from the same thing gold medalists endure when they win at the Olympics, they spend their life dedicated to chasing perfection and to be the best in their chosen field and when they finally win that gold it’s like a “ damn, I’ve done it, but what do I do now“ moment
Thiem has won a slam and his life’s ambition has been achieved in an era of 3 ATGs. He’s probably mentally fried and lost all that hunger he‘s had since he was working his way up to the top. Similar thing happened to Djokovic , after he won the French there was a 9 slam gap between that and his next slam title, probably because Djokovic had fulfilled everything slam wise at that point.
1. Thiem could decide that he wants to finally defeat a Big 3 en-route to the title, so that would give him motivation to train
2. Thiem could decide that he finally wants to b the #1 in the sport he chosen, that would give him even more motivation
 

Nadal_King

Hall of Fame
Thiem is in a low phase but no reason to think if ge cannot rise back again, I think Us open 2021 will make him motivated when there willbe talks of him going in as defending champion
 

bobleenov1963

Hall of Fame
He won a major and now relaxed...
I guess tennis is not like golf where if you win a GS major, you will automatically get a five years exemption on the PGA tour and the same GS major for LIFE. Thanks god it doesn't happen in tennis. Otherwise, the "mug" Thiem would have taken advantage of his "scam" 2020 USO major and plays lousy tennis everywhere else for the next five years and for life at the USO.
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
1. Thiem could decide that he wants to finally defeat a Big 3 en-route to the title, so that would give him motivation to train
2. Thiem could decide that he finally wants to b the #1 in the sport he chosen, that would give him even more motivation
Or just win more slams so he rises up the all time list.

One advantage of slam counting is that it gives players constant incentives to keep trying to win more titles.
 
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