Hall of Fame
I agree I was wrong to word it that way as sure his success in the higher echelons of the game cannot be compared to his consistent rise to the top 10 where he deservedly lives now.This aged well ....
The reason for my mistake was for putting too much emphasis on the article of Thiem`s here....
Thiem was quoted “I was never the person who came up with a boom somehow. I worked slowly and consistently, making my way up the rankings, so there wasn’t one special moment.”
I figured watching him with the head stick as he rose was consistent and anyone could see great things were going to come to him.
Would he have done that with a v1 PS Babolat? we dont know but he used a Head to see him steadily go up the rankings and his talent was going to shine no matter which racquet he used as long it was close to his usual preferences.
Yet he has created his own "Boom" he is exciting to watch but painful when he misses consistently. His game has shown he is not for consistent results, even losing on clay after leading easily to a player Nadal destroyed in the form of Schwarz-Gnome.
This is what we can expect from Thiem`s topsy turvy form but sure like anyone hope for more. Maturity, less arial time on every shot and less spin than needed will help. This he has shown he can do, as witnessed vs Cilic almost 4 years ago at the Brisbane Open (super fast courts then and now not suited for his style) where his waiting for the ball to come off his peak before he punished it was not working.
Cilic took Thiems time to hit the ball yet a set and losing the second adjusted by and played a Cilic style better than Marin could.
I found worrying that Massu is the only coach to take so many peeks of himself during the highlights on the big screen. I see him as an opportunist and not the best coach for Thiem who was going to eventually win a big tournament anytime soon albeit with some help (not facing Nole, Rafa or in form Monfils who can defend like Nole on these slow courts). However Massu knew this was a good opportunity as Thiems last coach has been there since he was 11 year old and with a bit of luck all that hard work from Thiem`s past was going to pay dividends anytime soon. Great timing by the dual Gold medalist!.
The walkover at the quarters vs Monfils who destroyed in form Kohls helped him more than Feds last match before the Final but we wont know if a 38yo needed a tough match to shine then. I see Fed now as the Gate keeper atm, he can beat most in BO3 but can no longer go BO5 to beat in form players younger than him (well there is no one older now except Karlovic! ).
Thiem I would love to see win RG but for Fed his last chance is Wimby 19 for after that 500 or 250 pointers will be his only way to get 110 event wins. A018 was when Djokovic was still the Pepe era of love and keep your R-complex in check for since then, Novaks R-Complex is back to normal with the usual racquet smashing and angry bursts that brings out the best in him.