Dominic Thiem is one of the most feared players on tour. Since exploding onto the scene in 2015, the Austrian player has simply not stopped winning and he already boasts 8 trophies in his cabinet. Although his record demonstrates that clay is clearly his favourite surface, the current world number 5 has already lifted titles on both hard court (Acapulco) and grass (Stuttgart). A forehand laced with spin, tremendous consistency and his winning mentality earned him an extraordinary 2017 with outstanding results, making him one of the men to fear in 2018.
TIE BREAK STRENGTHS
Physical strength is one of his virtues. Few players have played more matches than Thiem in recent years. His stamina on court makes him impassable, he defences are impossible to break down.
His tremendous explosiveness, an ability to serve under the utmost pressure, and the potential to catch the opponent off-guard by spinning his forehand and his delightful one-handed backhand make the Austrian one of the most complete players on tour.
Thiem is already familiar with the Tie Break Tens format. He took the spoils when the tournament was played in Vienna and that experience could prove an advantage when competing in Melbourne. Will he win his second Tie Break Tens in the Margaret Court Arena?