Thiem ATP Finals 2020

‘Those next to Dominic Thiem will be able to win Grand Slams’, says Davis Cup captain

Michael Kohlmann believes younger players will challenge the ‘Big Three’ more consistently in Slams following the success of Dominic Thiem. 

Kohlmann, who captains the German Davis Cup team, was particularly impressed with the performances of both 24-year-old Daniil Medvedev and World No 3 Dominic Thiem in their respective semi-finals at the ATP Finals, beating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic respectively.

“I found it remarkable this year that the young players went a step further in these important situations. The older, more experienced ones pulled off the calm, solid game”, said Michael Kohlmann in an interview with Tennisnet.

The Davis Cup captain had high praise for the high-risk strategy and attacking style adopted by Dominic Thiem, which saw him win the US Open earlier this year and reach the final of the ATP Finals in London.

“Dominic Thiem in particular took an even higher risk, played incredible forehand winners, and increased the pace. And that worked.

Not only does Kohlmann predict success for Thiem, but also the performances of younger players on tour this year led Kohlmann to predict a far tougher challenge for the ‘Big Three’ in the upcoming Grand Slams.

“I took the feeling with me that the boys, next to Thiem, are not only there now, but will soon also be able to win the Grand Slam tournaments. Even if all three top players are at the start”.

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