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Coach Bresnik Takes Responsibility For Dominic Thiem’s ‘F***’ Schedule



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Unlike the likes of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem doesn’t take it easy when it comes to his tournament schedule.

This week the Austrian will play in his fourth consecutive tournament on the ATP Tour at the Mexico Open, his seventh of the year. In 2017 he has already won 12 matches across three different continents on three different surfaces. Thiem’s biggest achievement of the year so far occurred in Rio on the Clay when he defeated Pablo Carreno Busta to lift his eighth ATP title on Sunday.

Thiem’s commitment and dedication to the sport is something tennis fans admire. Still, concerns have been raised about the effects of such a busy schedule of his physical fitness. Last year he competed in 27 tournaments, winning titles in four of them and earning a place in the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time in his career.

The Austrian has his schedule looked after by his coach Gunther Bresnik, who has a wealth of experience in working with top players on the ATP Tour. During an interview with Brazilian site O Global on Sunday, the 55-year-old admitted that he was behind Thiem’s ‘F***’ schedule.

“The tournament schedule was really stupid. It’s all my fault.” Said Bresnik. “Sometimes there are personal reasons involved. For example, Paul McNamee is the director of Sofia, Krajicek in Rotterdam, and he always played there. In Rio, he had great memories from last year. They asked if they wanted to play there, too. And Acapulco is the fourth tournament.
“You end up with a f ***** calendar.”

With so many tournament commitments, some might expect Thiem to take it easier in his practice sessions. This is however not the case. Philipp Kohlschreiber once spoke about the 23-year-old spending 12 hours training a day. The claim has been confirmed by Bresnik, who provided some insight into a typical training day for the world No.9.

“We started at 8:00 AM running, then he took a coffee and back to practice. Then we had lunch and finished at 8:00 PM.’” Bresnik revealed.

Currently ranked inside the top 10, the Bresnik-Thiem approach is to avoid the criticism and let the tennis do the talking. It is a tough and tiring approach, but it is also one that could elevate Thiem to the top of the men’s game once the era of the ‘Big Four’ comes to an end.

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(VIDEO) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.



Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.



20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.



There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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