Dominic Thiem had early success on clay and was dubbed the “Prince of Clay”, injury rules him out of Monte-Carlo but when he returns will it begin to click into place for the Austrian?

When Dominic Thiem broke onto the scene in 2014 at the Mutua Madrid Open he was tipped to become the “Prince of Clay” to Nadal’s crown of the King of Clay.

He defeated Stan Wawrinka with a beautiful performance at the Caja Magica and went onto win his first four titles on the dirt across Europe and South America.

On the clay the big results continued to Thiem with wins against Nadal, Ferrer, Djokovic, Murray and Federer but he is yet to pick up a major piece of silverware.

Has Thiem dissapointed on the clay?

He was tipped as this big clay court player but except from making at least the final four in four consecutive years (two finals) at Roland Garros not much has happened.

You can also argue that his best tennis has come on the hard courts over the last couple of years. I think he does mix up his tactics better on the hard courts when needed and has won big events.

10 of his first 13 wins against top 10 players came on the clay courts but his last 13 wins against top 10 players have been on the hard courts.

These wins have culminated in titles at Indian Wells, runner up at ATP Finals twice, Australian Open and US Open showing he is making most of his noise on the hard courts.

Once all is said and done we don’t look at how many times you came close but how many titles you won.

 Thiem for me this year, I want to see him deliver titles on the clay court, he has gotten to final four of Masters 1000 and Roland Garros on eight occasions but has lost four in the semi-finals and four in the finals.

To his credit he has won a massive 17 singles title however 15 of them have been at ATP 250 / 500 level and of course Indian Wells and the US Open, is it time we see that breakthrough on the clay?

I was there in Madrid a couple of years back in the Spanish sun watching on as Thiem defeated Federer in three sets saving match points. He has achieved multiple wins over the Big Three on the clay but with silverware on the line it’s not gone his way.

Will it this year?

When Dominic Thiem broke onto the scene in 2014 at the Mutua Madrid Open he was tipped to become the “Prince of Clay” to Nadal’s crown of the King of Clay.

He defeated Stan Wawrinka with a beautiful performance at the Caja Magica and went onto win his first four titles on the dirt across Europe and South America.

On the clay the big results continued to Thiem with wins against Nadal, Ferrer, Djokovic, Murray and Federer but he is yet to pick up a major piece of silverware.

Has Thiem dissapointed on the clay?

He was tipped as this big clay court player but except from making at least the final four in four consecutive years (two finals) at Roland Garros not much has happened.

You can also argue that his best tennis has come on the hard courts over the last couple of years. I think he does mix up his tactics better on the hard courts when needed and has won big events.

10 of his first 13 wins against top 10 players came on the clay courts but his last 13 wins against top 10 players have been on the hard courts.

These wins have culminated in titles at Indian Wells, runner up at ATP Finals twice, Australian Open and US Open showing he is making most of his noise on the hard courts.

Once all is said and done we don’t look at how many times you came close but how many titles you won.

 Thiem for me this year, I want to see him deliver titles on the clay court, he has gotten to final four of Masters 1000 and Roland Garros on eight occasions but has lost four in the semi-finals and four in the finals.

To his credit he has won a massive 17 singles title however 15 of them have been at ATP 250 / 500 level and of course Indian Wells and the US Open, is it time we see that breakthrough on the clay?

I was there in Madrid a couple of years back in the Spanish sun watching on as Thiem defeated Federer in three sets saving match points. He has achieved multiple wins over the Big Three on the clay but with silverware on the line it’s not gone his way.

Will it this year?

Dominic has come close in Paris but is yet to make a big mark in Madrid, Rome or Monte-Carlo and is not at the latter this year as he recovers from injury.

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