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Dominic Thiem Sheds Light On Decision To Work With Austrian Great Muster

The world No.4 is hoping to match and even break the records set by his new coach.

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Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem has started a new chapter in his career after appointing Thomas Muster to his team.

The world No.4 confirmed on Wednesday that the two have decided to have what he describes as a ‘working relationship.’ Under the agreement, Muster will travel with his compatriot during 20 weeks of the season. Thiem will also continue working with former Olympic champion Nicolas Massu, who has been his coach since March.

“We decided to have a working relationship.” Thiem told reporters at the ATP Cup on Wednesday.
“We started early, before this tournament, but we were still undertaking some kind of trial here, which worked out very well.’
“So we’re going to do 20 weeks this year, and I think we are both looking forward to that. Try to achieve very high goals.”

Muster, who spent six weeks as world No.1 during 1996, remains the only Austrian player to have won a grand slam title. Doing so at the 1995 French Open when he defeated Michael Chang in the final. During his professional career, he won 44 ATP titles and featured in the main draw of 39 grand slam tournaments. He played his last professional match in 2011 at the age of 44.

It is those successes and experiences of Muster which Thiem hopes will help him break new territory in 2020. Last year the 26-year-old won his first Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells and was one of only two men to claim five ATP trophies. The other was Novak Djokovic.

“I saw practice in the last days were working out well. I think that there are many things that I can still improve. And then of course Thomas is the best player of Austria and all time by far, is the only one who achieved the goals I’m still having.” Thiem outlined.
“I think it’s nothing better can happen to me than to have a guy from my own country to help me hopefully achieve these goals.”

Muster said he had previously turned down requests to coach players on the tour, but had a change of heart when asked by Thiem’s team. Saying both him and Massu have a ‘few screws to turn’ when it comes to developing Thiem on the tour.

“He’s one of the top players, but you can take it further.” Muster stated.
“He has the chance to win Grand Slams. We know that.He has the ability to do that, and I wouldn’t have done that for anybody else.’
“I have been asked many times to coach people on the tour, and I just deny it. I said no. But when this came up, when we started talking about this opportunity I really had to pinch myself and go, ‘Well, do I want to do this?’ I said,Yeah, I want to. I want to commit myself to this guy,and I want to make him better than I ever was.”

Thiem hasn’t made the best start to 2020 at the ATP Cup, where Austria finished at the bottom of Group E with four wins out of nine matches played. He lost in three sets to both Borna Coric and Hubert Hurkacz, but did score a win over Diego Schwartzman.

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Roland Garros 2024: Rafael Nadal Faces Alexander Zverev In Blockbuster Opening Round

Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev will meet at Roland Garros in the first round with Andy Murray taking on Stan Wawrinka in the opening round.

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Rafael Nadal has been drawn against Rome champion Alexander Zverev in the opening round of Roland Garros.

The 14-time Roland Garros champion will most likely be making his last appearance at the event where he has such a great history at.

It’s been a mixed clay court season for Nadal who built gradual momentum in Madrid but suffered an early exit in Rome to Hubert Hurkacz.

Now the Spaniard has been drawn to take on the champion of Rome, Alexander Zverev, in the opening round.

The match is a repeat of the 2022 semi-final where Zverev broke his ankle losing almost a year of his career.

This contest headlines the second quarter of the draw which also features Karen Khachanov, Holger Rune and Daniil Medvedev.

In the other quarter of the top half of the draw, defending champion Novak Djokovic will begin his Roland Garros campaign against Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

There is also a potential third round clash with either Gael Monfils or Lorenzo Musetti for Djokovic, who is currently in Geneva gaining extra match practice ahead of the second Grand Slam of the season.

The Serb could have a repeat of last year’s final in the quarter-finals with Casper Ruud as the Norwegian begins his campaign against Jakub Mensik.

In the bottom half of the draw Jannik Sinner plays his first tournament since suffering a hip injury in Rome as he takes on Christopher Eubanks in the opening round.

Sinner could face Cameron Norrie in the third round with the Brit taking on Pavel Kotov in his opening round before playing the winner of the battle of the Grand Slam champions between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

Murray and Wawrinka will clash for the fourth time at Roland Garros with Wawrinka leading their head-to-head 2-1 in Paris.

This section also includes in-form players such as Hubert Hurkacz, Alejandro Tabilo and Rome finalist Nicolas Jarry.

Finally Carlos Alcaraz will begin his Roland Garros campaign against a qualifier before potentially playing Jack Draper in the second round.

Another exciting clash awaits Alcaraz in the third round in the form of Sebastian Korda with Andrey Rublev or Stefanos Tsitsipas being potential quarter-final opponents.

This is the full draw with Roland Garros beginning on Sunday.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Return To Top Four After Winning Italian Open

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Alexander Zverev has clinched his first Masters title since 2021 after downing Nicolas Jarry in straight sets at the Italian Open.

The world No.5 surged to a 6-4,7-5, victory at the Faro Italico to become the 10th player in the Open Era to win the Rome trophy on multiple occasions. He also won the tournament in 2017. Zverev’s latest win was aided by an impressive service display from the 27-year-old who also hit 15 winners against eight unforced errors. He is now 22-1 against players ranked outside the top five at the tournament with his only loss being to Matteo Berrettini five years ago.

“It means a lot. Winning my first (Masters) title and winning my first after my injury in Rome. Rome is a very special place for me,” the new champion said afterwards. 
“I said at the beginning of the week if Rome is the place of firsts for me I’m extremely happy about it. It’s a very special week.” 

Playing in his first Masters 1000 final since 2022, Zverev produced a serving masterclass throughout the opening set with the German winning 20 out of 21 points. In contrast, Jarry experienced more difficult but valiantly fought back with the Chilean saving two straight break points at 4-4. Eventually, the third seed sealed the opener two games later with the help of some costly shots coming from across the court. A deep shot towards the baseline was unsuccessfully returned by Jarry, handing Zverev a set point which he converted.

Continuing to pile the pressure on in the second set, Zverev had a double chance to break for a 3-1 lead but failed to capitalise on that opportunity. The opportunities continued to come and go. Back-to-back double faults from Jarry at 4-5 handed Zverev two championship points but once again he failed to take advantage. Eventually, he sealed victory two games later with the help of a forehand shot that Jarry returned out. Prompting Zverev to raise his hands in delight before later paying tribute to his rival. 

“He’s playing huge. You can see that by the opponents he beat and how he beat them,” he said of Jarry. 
“I told him if he continues playing like that he is going to have many more chances. I’m happy to be the winner.”

As a result of his Rome triumph, Zverev has secured a top-four seeding for the French Open. On Monday he will rise in the PIF ATP rankings to No.4 which will be his highest position since August 2022. During that same year, he sustained a serious ankle injury which sidelined him for months. 

“The focus is on Paris, that’s for sure. but let me enjoy this one for a day or so and then I will have my full focus on Paris,” said Zverev.

Zverev has now won six Masters 1000 titles which places him in joint-ninth on the all-time list along with Daniil Medvedev. 

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Novak Djokovic Accepts Geneva Wildcard Ahead Of Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic has accepted a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 event in Geneva as he looks to improve his form ahead of Roland Garros.

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Novak Djokovic has shockingly accepted a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 event in Geneva.

The world number one hasn’t had the best season so far having yet to reach a final at any of his events this season.

There was hope for Djokovic that his fortunes would change on clay and the Serb started his clay court season by reaching the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo before losing to Casper Ruud.

However Djokovic’s clay court hopes were dashed in Rome as he lost in the third round to in-form Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

This has meant that Djokovic risks being undercooked for the second Grand Slam of the season at Roland Garros.

Therefore the Serb has had no option but to take a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 in Geneva.

Djokovic will join Casper Ruud, Andy Murray, Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz in next week’s event.

Next week’s appearance will be the first appearance in Geneva in Djokovic who will be the top seed in Switzerland.

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