The Austrian Dominic Thiem is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant tennis players of his generation. His run to the final of this year´s Australian Open has validated his talent, but before that memorable performance, he defeated Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinals and took Novak Djokovic to five sets in the final, Thiem had a Memorable 2019 season in which he not only remained among the consolidated stars in the top-10, but also won five ATP titles, including the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. He finished the year as in fourth place in the world ranking, which is equivalent to being the best among humans, those that are not part of the Big Three.
Champion in Indian Wells, his first triumph in a Masters 1,000, in Barcelona, where he beat Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals, and, in addition, in Kitzbuhel, Vienna and Beijing, the Austrian has demonstrated an enormous regularity both on clay and hard courts. And for the second time in a row he would play the final of one of the Grand Slams, Roland Garros, where he succumbed again to Nadal. It's a matter of time for him to lift the champion´s trophy in one of the Grand Slam tournaments.
At the end of the season he qualified for the final of the Nitto ATP Finals, where he was defeated by the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. He currently holds 16 ATP titles.
Thiem can show off as being the only tennis player in the current scene to have defeated Nadal in the last four seasons, and, in addition, on his best surface, clay. He did it in Buenos Aires in 2016, he repeated the feat in Rome in 2017 and did it again in 2018 and once again confirmed his status as heir to the Nada´s throne on clay after beating the Majorcan, in 2019, on the centre court of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona-1899. This was a feat that only a few have been able to accomplish.
The presence on his box of one of the best Chilean tennis players in history, Nicolás Massú, has had an enormous influence on the change that has been perceived in Thiem’s progression in 2019. Never before has the young Austrian tennis player won five titles in a year and had become as a real threat to the three talents that dominate the ranking.