Hall of Fame
Self-doubt can do this to a playerI'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.
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 trainMy 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.
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.He won a major and now relaxed...
Or just win more slams so he rises up the all time list.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