The Austrian Dominic Thiem is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant tennis players of his generation. In the 2018 season he maintained the upward trend, confirming the omens that the experts had said about him. Thiem secured himself last year at the top of the world ranking, fluctuating in the top-10 until the end of the season as the eighth best tennis player in the world.
Three titles added to his record in 2018, all three of the ATP 250 series: Buenos Aires, Lyon and St. Petersburg. In total he has 11 victories. However, his greatest success in the 2018 campaign, above those victories, was reaching the final at Roland Garros after defeating Alexander Zverev in the semifinals. It was his first Grand Slam final and he faced Rafael Nadal who was number 1 at that time.
Although Nadal had already beaten him in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open, that final in Roland Garros was the confirmation that Thiem had reached the category of world tennis star. He lost the final but the feat was a resounding success. In New York, months later, he returned to measure himself with the Mallorcan in the US Open, playing what for many was the best tennis match of the season. This time was the quarterfinals and he fell again, but by the narrowest difference possible, in the tiebreak of the fifth set.
Thiem can show off as being the only tennis player in the current scene who has defeated Nadal in the last three seasons, and, in addition, in his best surface, the clay. He did it in Buenos Aires in 2016, he repeated the feat in Rome in 2017 and did it again last year in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open, a few weeks before their duel at Roland Garros. The Austrian is now the worst enemy that the champion of Manacor can have on clay.
The best version of the Austrian tennis player, who has this year in his team the current captain of the Davis Cup Chile team Nicolás Massú, could be seen in the recent Masters 1000 Indian Wells, where he destroyed everyone and took the title after a after a big win against Roger Federer in the final. It was his 12th ATP title and he was promoted to the moved up to fifth place in the ATP ranking.
In the last edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Thiem fell in the quarterfinals to the young Greek Stefano Tsisipas who ended being the finalist of the event. It was fourth participation of the Austrian at the Real Club Tennis Barcelona, a club that appreciates him a lot.