Australian Open: Dominic Thiem aims to end Novak Djokovic's dominance
MELBOURNE Dominic Thiem It has some quite convincing numbers. Novak Djokovic they can lead their head-to-head record 6-4, having emerged victorious in their first five games, but the fifth seed has won four of their last five games, including two in major championships.
The last one arrived seven months ago, in the semifinals in Roland Garros . Thiem won in five sets.
How big is the power of the 26-year-old? The Austrian is the most powerful forward of the ball in the men's game, his average right speed is 132 km/h. The hardest thing was in the semifinals against Alexander Zverev It was 164 kmph. Its reverse with one hand, which also has reach, while cutting, has an average speed of 115 km/h. He is the leader on both flanks, according to Game Insight Group.
Thiem will need all the power and a prayer also perhaps in the Australian Open Sunday's final against the most successful player in history Melbourne Park - seven times champion Djokovic.
The 16-time main winner has never lost a final here. Having hit less than 100 percent Roger Federer In the semifinals of Thursday, the 32-year-old had two days off before Sunday's final. He is older and will also be the coolest of the two men in the middle in the clash for the title.
Thiem, on the other hand, comes from a marathon against Rafael Nadal , and after continuing with a victory in the fight against Zverev. The Austrian, however, does not speak negatives. He said that while there was a danger that he was too tired, there is also a small challenge to have a day off all the time (during a Slam) and, suddenly, a player has two.
The topic of conversation not only in Melbourne, but on the tour of recent months, is how Thiem has improved on hard tracks. In November, he made the title round of the ATP Tour Finals, underlining the distance he has traveled. And although he won only one of his three matches in the ATP Cup, he turned it around in the first Slam of the season.
Zverev said that Thiem had flattened his shot, perhaps he also shortened it in the last 12 months, which has allowed him to do well on hard courts and clay. Djokovic put it simply. It definitely has the game. He has the experience now. It has the strength. He has improved in the last 12 months playing on the hard court.
Whatever else Djokovic has or doesn't have in his favour, he has the experience. In his 26th Major final, looking for his 287th Grand Slam match win and his 75th at Melbourne Park , he has run the race, felt the heat, fallen and got back on his feet.