French tennis ace Gael Monfils has never won a single match against rival Dominic Thiem. However, he has praised a lot of the 27-years-old Austrian on his recent stunning performance in the ATP Tours.
After reaching the final of the Australian Open earlier this year, Thiem has been ranked with the big three by ATP, and he became the second-highest ranked Austrian player in history.
Dominic Thiem eventually claimed his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open after defeating Alexander Zverev in an intense five-setter. Subsequently, he impressed everyone by his quarter-final appearance during the French Open.
Before the conclusion of a successful season, World No.3 played his second consecutive final of the Nitto ATP Finals in London last month.
Speaking about the development of Dominic Thiem in a recent interview, World No.11 Gael Monfils said, “He made a final at the Australian Open, he won the US Open, at Roland has already made two finals, so obviously I can see him confirming next year. I think he hasn’t gone far from the Masters in 2020 yet.” (Quotes translate into English via Google translator).
“He(Dominic Thiem) Imposes on His Opponents Is Impressive”: Gael Monfils
Thiem’s vicious one handed-backhand has the power to distract the opponent’s focus and to force them to make mistakes during the rally. Also, his groundstrokes are solid on both sides.
There are only fewer players in ATP tours to be able to match Rafael Nadal’s physicality, one of them none other than Thiem when he plays his best.
When comparing Dominic Thiem to Rafael Nadal, Gael Monfils explained, “What is strong about him is the intensity he manages to put on each ball, and on each point, the physical density he imposes on his opponents is impressive. It’s tough to master when you’re in front and its physical density, it’s impressive, it’s Nadal’s style.”