Austrian Dominic Thiem is undoubtedly the most brilliant of the players of his generation, riding between the emerging Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, and the long awaited #NextGen leaded by Sascha Zverev. Thiem has taken advantage of 2016 to make a huge step up in the world rankings and in twelve months from No.20, a position that he occupied at the end of 2015, to the eighth place with which it has sealed his season emergence. And to top it all, he put the icing on the cake with a deserved qualification for the London Masters.
2016 has been a platform for Günter Bresnik’s disciple, who has won all the praise of critics and international observers, who hope that in 2017 can confirm those results in any of the greats on the calendar. With his four wins in 2016, in Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Nice and Stuttgart, Thiem has already won seven tournaments and is the youngest Top-10 on the list.
"Dominator", as he is known on the circuit, began playing tennis at age 6. He grew up practically between rackets, since his parents, Wolfgang and Karin, are tennis teachers and his younger brother, Moritz, also began practicing this sport, although without so much success. Stefan Koubek and, of course, Jurgen Melzer were Dominic´s childhood idols, a tennis player who moves easily on any surface as evidenced in the titles he has won in 2016 on different surfaces: on clay in Buenos Aires and Nice , on hardcourt in Acapulco and on grass in Stuttgart.
In 2016 he did not compete in Barcelona, but fans have been able to see him in previous years at the Pedralbes tournament, where his best result was the fourth round the year of his debut in 2014. He fell to Colombian Santiago Giraldo in three sets.
Thiem was in 2016 one of the tennis players with a better balance of victories, achieving no less than to the 58 matches won.
And all that was productive in 2016 for the young Austrian player seems to be resulting in 2017. Up until know , he has already reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and the title of Rio de Janeiro, his first clay tournament of the season.