Nicolas Massu: ‘Dominic Thiem is training unbelievably – he can do big things’

Dominic Thiem is playing well enough right now to ‘do big things,’ according to his coach Nicolas Massu.

Thiem has struggled so far this year, and hasn’t played since last month when he crashed out early in Dubai, where he was the top seed.

That has been partly due to him wanting to return to practice to ‘reset’ himself ahead of the clay season, but also due to a knee injury.

Thiem, though, has confirmed he is almost back to full fitness, and now coach Massu has also delivered a glowing report of the Austrian’s current state of mind.

“Since I arrived here almost two weeks ago, I’ve seen the normal Dominic,” Massu said.

“He trains unbelievably. He is looking forward to the tournament in Madrid. My impression is good, when he is in that kind of mood he can do big things.

“It’s so easy to be close to your protégé when everything is going well.

“But when things feel different, when results aren’t good this is the moment when you need to be close to your player.”

Massu was not at Thiem’s side for the first part of this season after he tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Australian Open, and may well have been a significant factor in the world number four’s struggles.

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