Over the past 12 months, the Austrian star has extended his long-standing clay-court prowess and physicality to greater consistency on hard courts, winning five titles from eight tour-level finals and compiling a 55-19 match record. Thiem had won eight of his 11 ATP Tour titles on red dirt prior to bringing former World No. 9 Nicolas Massu on board in February 2019.
Having won his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (d. Federer) in March 2019, Thiem’s confidence on all surfaces has soared under Massu’s guidance. The Austrian has reached two Grand Slam championship finals at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal) and at last month’s Australian Open (l. to Djokovic). He also finished runner-up at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals in London (l. to Tsitsipas).
Additionally, the 26-year-old has also picked up two further hard-court crowns at the China Open in Beijing (d. Tsitsipas) and at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna (d. Schwartzman), plus added to his clay haul at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (d. Medvedev) and at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel (d. Ramos-Vinolas).
Thiem, who has been a permanent member of the Top 10 since 6 June 2016, will now be looking to retain the Indian Wells title when the Masters 1000 tournament begins on 12 March.