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110 Matches Later: Why Dominic Thiem Is A Player That Inspires

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Work, work and work in the motto of rising star Dominic Thiem. Known by many for his hectic schedule on the tour, the mindset and determination of the 23-year-old is one that can inspire future generations.

Thiem played his 110th match of 2016 against Gael Monfils in the ATP Finals on Tuesday (winning in three sets). It can be forgiven to expect the Austrian to be sluggish and wishing he was at home in bed after such a busy year. Nevertheless, Thiem’s passion to succeed is no less now than it was when he started his season in Brisbane.

“If I would have played less, I wouldn’t be here at the Finals. This was one of the reasons why I’m here, because I was playing a lot.” Said Thiem.

The work ethic of Thiem is one that he has always stuck to. When Gunther Bresnik spoke with Ubitennis in June, it was one of the first things he spoke about. At the time Bresnik was coaching the Austrian as well as Ernests Gulbis. According to him, Gulbis was the one with the natural talent, but Thiem was the one committed to succeed

“If you consider working ethics, patience for the game and everything, Dominic is on top of a few other guys. He’s not gifted in a way that he doesn’t need to do anything, but he wins a lot. Whatever he achieves in his career is through a lot of work.” Said Brenik.

Claiming four titles on three different surfaces this year, Thiem made his top 10 debut in June after reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the French Open. Since then, the Austrian has maintained his position amongst the world’s top elite.

Ironically, it wasn’t his high match participation rate that secured his place in the year-end event. Thiem also benefited from the withdrawal of the higher ranked Rafael Nadal to make his debut at the O2 Arena. Despite that stroke of luck, he has already displayed characteristics of a player that belongs in the event.

“I feel like I belong here. It doesn’t matter if I was (ranked) nine or eight or one, it’s very nice to get a win here.” He said shortly after defeating Monfils.

Now playing alongside the titans of men’s tennis, will 2017 bring a new approach to the tour for Thiem? Those expecting him to dramatically slash his schedule might be disappointed. A player who thrives off playing matches and working hard, it is only inevitable what will happen.

“Maybe I will play a little less, but also maybe not. I think also the body and the mind and everything gets used to it. It was my first year that I played over 80 matches.” He said.
“I think it’s really normal. I think that if I play the same amount of matches and tournaments next year, I will be used to it much better than this year.”

Thiem’s continuous work and dedication to the game is one that rightfully earned him a rapidly growing fan base. It is an example for fans to admire and for aspiring players to follow. This year Thiem has been the definition of ‘hard work pays off.’

Dominic Thiem’s 110 matches in 2016 (as of 15/11/2016)

Singles
Titles: Buenos Aires (clay), Acapulco (hard), Nice (clay) and Stuttgart Outdoor (grass).
Wins: 58 matches
Lose: 23 matches

Doubles
Titles: 0
Wins: 12 matches
Loss: 17 matches

Combined winning rate: 63.6%.

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Simona Halep Provides Injury Update On Knee Ahead Of US Open

The return of Simona Halep looks a long way away from happening as a knee injury continues to bother the Romanian.

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Simona Halep has provided an update on her knee injury as she faces a race against time to be fit for the US Open.

The former Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion’s comeback has not gone according to plan so far as she returned from a doping ban in Miami earlier this year.

However playing time has been limited for the Romanian as her second tournament of the year ended in a first round retirement at a Challenger event in Paris.

As a result of her retirement Halep was forced to miss Roland Garros and Wimbledon as she looked to recover from a knee injury.

The injury is more serious than meets the eye though as Halep provided an update on her knee injury and revealed it’s an injury that has been occurring for the last few months, “I wanted to provide a little health update since I have been away from the court lately. It is not the best news, but I wanted to share all the same,” Halep revealed on Instagram.

“For a few months now, I have been struggling with a knee injury. It’s an injury I have never had before and it has been a tough one to manage, with the pain persisting. It has been a very difficult period (almost two years) mentally and emotionally for me and struggling physically on top of that definitely doesn’t help.

“I have decided to take the time needed to recover properly, rather than training and playing through pain. My instinct has always been to try to come back as soon as possible, but I am not a machine, I am a human being and I need time to recover from everything I have gone through.

“I’ll keep you posted and, as always, want to thank you for your permanent support. I hope to be back on court very soon.”

Halep now faces a race against time to be fit for the US Open which starts on the 26th of August.

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Alexander Zverev Commits To Olympics, Speaks About Miscommunication Between Olympics And ATP

Alexander Zverev is preparing for his Olympic title defence.

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Alexander Zverev has spoken out on the miscommunication between the Olympics and the ATP tour with tennis’ top stars set to miss some big events on the tour.

The German is getting ready to defend his Olympic title that he won in Tokyo as Zverev heads to Paris.

After narrowly missing out on Roland Garros glory, Zverev now has an opportunity at redemption as he aims for a second consecutive gold medal at the Olympics.

However there is a dilemma for big players this year as the same week as the tennis event at the Olympics at the ATP 500 event in Washington.

This is an event that Zverev usually plays but will have to miss it due to playing in Paris.

Speaking out on the miscommunication, Zverev said it’s no secret that the ATP are not best friends on the Olympics but has committed to the historic event, “The ITF or the Olympics are not best friends with the ATP, that’s not a secret,” Zverev was quoted by Tennis Infinity as saying.

Everybody continues their own tour. Yes, the Olympics is one of the, if not the, most important events we have in sports. So, the best players in the world are always going to play the Olympics over anything else, over points and over prize money.

All the top players went to Wimbledon a few years back, despite having no points on the line. It’s about prestige, it’s not about points or money. It’s about winning these kinds of titles and having medals for your country.

That’s what it’s about. I would never choose to play a 500 event over the Olympics. There are no thoughts on that, and I think Washington is going to be quite an interesting 500 event, I would say.

The ATP 500 event in Washington will be headlined by Grigor Dimitrov, Ben Shelton, Karen Khachanov and Frances Tiafoe as they are among those that have chosen ranking points over the Olympic experience.

As for Zverev he is continuing his Olympic preparations in Hamburg where he will face Pedro Martinez in the semi-finals.

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Rafael Nadal Reveals Delight At Setting Up Ajdukovic Semi-Final After Four Hour Victory

Rafael Nadal has revealed his delight at reaching the Bastad semi-finals after a four hour victory over Mariano Navone.

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Rafael Nadal has revealed his delight at reaching the semi-finals in Bastad after a four hour victory over Mariano Navone.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion prevailed in a marathon 6-7(2) 7-5 7-5 victory to reach his first semi-final since Wimbledon 2022.

The Spaniard converted ten of his 21 break point opportunities as he reached the semi-finals.

After the match Nadal revealed his delight at reaching the last four and prevailed Navone for his resilient display, “I lost for some moments my concentration, but I was able to hold physically until the end,” Nadal told the ATP website.

“That is so important for me. Let’s see how I am tomorrow, but today I am alive and in the semi-finals, so that’s very important. There were a lot of changing dynamics in every single set. For moments, he was in control. For moments, I was in control. But at the end, no one was in control! That’s true, and I had a good chance in the second with 3-0. Then I was very close to losing the match in the second set.

“In the third [I was ahead] again with 5-2, but he’s a great fighter and he played a great match. I wish him all the very best for the rest of the season.”

Nadal will now play Duje Ajdukovic in the semi-finals as he aims to continue his eight match winning streak in Bastad with this being his first appearance at the tournament since winning the title in 2005.

The other semi-final will be Nuno Borges against Thiago Agustin Tirante with both players reaching their maiden ATP tour semi-final.

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