Thiem is one of the most well-rounded players on tour

#1
6’1

Forehand: Good (4500 rpm is no joke)

Backhand: One of the best one handed backhands on tour, probably only 2nd behind Stan

Serve: Probably his weakest aspect, but he has an extremely reliable kick serve

Movement: Top class

Volleys: Above average volleyer, not amazing or great by any means but he can hold his ground.

He can always make it to the later rounds if he’s healthy. His baseline game is also based on construction of points and top spin. Sometimes he can pummel the ball and keep it in with consistency. I didn’t want him to beat Federer today, but his grit let me appreciate how good his game is.
 
#3
6’1

Forehand: Good (4500 rpm is no joke)

Backhand: One of the best one handed backhands on tour, probably only 2nd behind Stan

Serve: Probably his weakest aspect, but he has an extremely reliable kick serve

Movement: Top class

Volleys: Above average volleyer, not amazing or great by any means but he can hold his ground.

He can always make it to the later rounds if he’s healthy. His baseline game is also based on construction of points and top spin. Sometimes he can pummel the ball and keep it in with consistency. I didn’t want him to beat Federer today, but his grit let me appreciate how good his game is.
I don't really know what to make of his game. He's been a top 8 player the last few years, and has an exciting game. He pummels the ball, gives full effort, and seems like a great guy. He also outplayed a legend at "the big moments" yesterday.

Having said this, I think he needs to improve tactically. He may have a window to Top 3 on tour soon...and for a few years.
 
#5
I don't really know what to make of his game. He's been a top 8 player the last few years, and has an exciting game. He pummels the ball, gives full effort, and seems like a great guy. He also outplayed a legend at "the big moments" yesterday.

Having said this, I think he needs to improve tactically. He may have a window to Top 3 on tour soon...and for a few years.
I agree.. He has a lot to work on regarding strategy, but he has a well rounded game to back it up.

I can definitely see him being the next Wawrinka, a potential danger for any player at any tournament.
 
#6
6’1

Forehand: Good (4500 rpm is no joke)

Backhand: One of the best one handed backhands on tour, probably only 2nd behind Stan

Serve: Probably his weakest aspect, but he has an extremely reliable kick serve

Movement: Top class

Volleys: Above average volleyer, not amazing or great by any means but he can hold his ground.

He can always make it to the later rounds if he’s healthy. His baseline game is also based on construction of points and top spin. Sometimes he can pummel the ball and keep it in with consistency. I didn’t want him to beat Federer today, but his grit let me appreciate how good his game is.
Thiem can crack his serve at 140 if he wants, though his kick serve is awesome.

I like his 1HBH more than Stan’s.
Awesome spin and power off both wings. The stats show it.

He just needs confidence.
 
#7
Echoing what others have said:

- he already has a great game, and a lot of potential to develop further
- I very much like how he is using his inside out forehand more to apply pressure. As good as his backhand is, this shot is less effective an offensive weapon than the forehand to apply consistent pressure
- still more work to do coming forward to close out points earlier. It's a mental / confidence thing as much as a tactical one. He must be convinced that this is the way for him to improve, then build the confidence to execute it regularly
 

3lite

Professional
#8
Doesn't matter how well-rounded you are if you play one-dimensionally.

Likewise, it doesn't matter how "talented" you are if you don't actually win (e.g. Kyrgios, Dimitrov).
 
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