Dominic Thiem says he is ‘inspired’ by Novak Djokovic as he tries to become more ruthless in tiebreaks.
Thiem experienced the value of holding your nerve in the big moments when he won the US Open final against Alexander Zverev on a fifth set tiebreaker last month.
However, he has revealed he is trying to learn from world number one Djokovic, who is masterful at maintaining his consistency and allowing his opponent’s nerve to get the best of him.
“I am inspired by Novak Djokovic, he is incredible on the decisive games,” Thiem explained.
“He tries to avoid easy mistakes to make during those tiebreaks .
“I try to be fully focused, even more than in a normal round, so as not to make any silly mistakes.
“This is where it is very important, because the tie-off is always very close.”
Thiem has won just over half of his 206 career tiebreakers so far, although he won all four of the ones he faced at the US Open.
Djokovic, meanwhile, has a 65.08% record – second only among active ATP players to Roger Federer.
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