“There was a certain sloppiness inside” • NEWS.AT

In an interview with ServusTV, Dominic Thiem allowed us to delve a little deeper into his inner life. The 29-year-old former US Open winner also saw plenty of positives in losses to two top-ten players and admitted ‘a certain letting go’ crept in before the split of trainer Nicolas Massu. Moreover, working with a mental coach has also helped him to make a stricter separation between work and private life.

“There haven’t been many wins in the first three months. In the last three weeks it’s going up,” Thiem explained, adding, “The losses in the last two weeks have been against players who are currently among the best in the world. Holger Rune and Taylor Fritz. It was also important to see what was missing there. I saw progress in both matches against the top ten players and that’s what it’s about. is acting.” That’s why Thiem now sees himself so far that he can ‘beat a lot of people’ again. Unlike at the end of the previous year, there are now phases in which he realizes that he can also dominate such calibers. “I notice I have very good trades against them, they just need to get more frequent.”

Thiem again stressed that the separation from Massu is due to mutual intentions. “We both noticed that we needed a new challenge or a new contribution, not just me. It worked out well. It’s also lucky that I found someone new so quickly. .”

This is the neo-coach Benjamin Ebrahimzadeh. He spoke at length to the German-Iranian about his tennis at Estoril. “Benni told me how he imagines I have to play to be successful again. I noticed that it was the right thing to do and what appealed to me. intensity and that’s just what I need for now.”

A mental trainer is also new to the team, apparently also an important element on the way to old and new forces. “Working with a mental trainer is new and really helps. Especially separating tennis from private life and not completely interweaving it. It was extremely helpful. It’s also important for general well-being.”

Thiem admitted there had recently been doubts whether he could do it again. “But I see things much more positively now because the last few weeks have shown me a lot of progress. In some phases I saw that it was very close to very good times again.” He also did everything in training. “I gave 100% in every unit. It’s important for me to see too. A certain letting go crept in before that, I was in a comfort zone. Now I’ve shifted a few gears “, acknowledged Thiem. If he continues to do so in the weeks and months to come, Thiem believes he “can definitely play very well again”.

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