DOMINIC THIEM

Complete Game Analysis

Last Update : April 2019

5119 Points Analyzed Manually for this study

Serve

57th

Return

87th

Forehand

12th

Backhand

20th

Volley

53rd

Forehand - 5 Stars

(Far Above Top100 Average)

Strengths:

* 50% more Points for the same Amount of Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average

* High Ratio of Points with the Forehand in any Forehand Direction

* Wins 56% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line

* Wins 55% of the Points after playing two Forehand Cross in a row

* Wins 57% of the Points after playing a Forehand Inside In

* Wears Rivals' Backhand Down with the Forehand

* Forehand Effectiveness in the Short & Medium Rallies (between 3 & 8 shots)

* Forehand Touch & Pass

Weaknesses:

* Wins 48% of the Points after playing two Forehand Inside Out in a row

* Forehand Drop Shot (38% of the points when played)

Backhand - 4 Stars

(Above Top100 Average)

Strengths:

* 30% more Points for the same Amount of Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average

* High Ratio of Points with the Backhand Down the Line

* Wins 54% of the Points after playing two Backhands Cross in a row

* Backhand Effectiveness in the Short Rallies (between 3 & 4 shots)

* Backhand Effectiveness in the Long Rallies (over 8 shots)

* Backhand Drop Shot (51% of the points when played)

* Backhand Pass

Weaknesses:

* Wins 46% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line

* Wins 45% of the Points after playing a Backhand Slice

* Backhand Effectiveness in the Medium Rallies (between 5 & 8 shots)

Serve - 3 Stars

(In the Top100 Average)

Strengths:

* Same Ratio of Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First Serve Won Points (75%)

* Second Serve Won Points (52%)

Weaknesses:

* Same Ratio of Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average

* First Serve Percentage (56%)

* Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (2%)

Return - 3 Stars

(In the Top100 Average)

Strengths:

* 20% less Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* First Serve Return Won Points (32%)

* Receives 5% less Aces/Service Winners than Average

Weaknesses:

* 30% less Points with the Return than his Rivals on Average

* Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return

Volley - 3 Stars

(In the Top100 Average)

Strengths:

* Percentage of Points Won at the Net (79%)

* Serve & Volley when played (73% of the points won)

* 1-2 Punch Approach when played (84% of the points won)

* Baseline Approach when played (79% of the points won)

Weaknesses:

* 40% less Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average

* Return Volley (not really played)

 

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Compare his Stats with the ones of the Other Austrian Players here

Puncher

Very High

Dominic Thiem represents well the Punchers because he dominates his rivals by making more points than them with the forehand & the single-handed backhand. He can be dangerous with these shots in any direction (cross, down the line, inside in & inside out) & at any time in the rally (short, medium & long).

Retriever

Very High

Playing with heavy topspin with the forehand & the backhand, Dominic Thiem also wears his rivals down with these shots. That's why in his case, the Retrieving part comes right after the Punching one. Nonetheless, as sais previously, he dominates his opponents by making more points than them on average, not less errors. 

Server

Medium

Dominic Thiem's results with his Serve are in the average of the ATP players. On average, he makes the same ratio of aces/service winners than his rivals. It means that against good servers, he will be dominated with that shot but not against the player whose serve is below average.  

Offensive

Medium-Low

Although 13% of Dominic Thiem's points are won at the net (with or without a volley to play), he can't be regarded as an Offensive player. He gets a high ratio of points when he comes in (79%) because the net game is more used to finish a point he dominated from the back of the court.

Tempo

Low

Dominic Thiem can't be regarded as a Tempo player at all. Playing with heavy topspin on both sides, his game style doesn't allow him to take the ball on the rise close to the baseline on a regular basis. The way he returns is also much more defensive than aggressive. He can be often really far away from the baseline, especially on clay.

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How Dominic Beat the GOAT at the Indian Wells Final 2019

  1. Backhand Global Effectiveness: Dominic Thiem's main game plan during this final was to wear Roger's backhand down and he succeeded in doing so: 12 errors for Thiem versus 15 for Federer. Dominic took even a bigger edge with his ratio of backhand points (10 vs 6); he was really effective with his backhand pass

  2. Federer's Return Errors: Dominic Thiem's strategy to wear Roger's backhand down didn't only start from the back of the court but also on his serve. On ad court, he went for a percentage first serve on his backhand and 93% of his second serve were on his backhand. As a result, Federer made a very high ratio of backhand return errors (11) and when compared with Dominic 7 more.

  3. Forehand Attack: Besides wearing Roger's down, Dominic Thiem also attacked him with his forehand making a total of 10 points more than him (23 vs 10). It was the inside out forehand that hurt Federer the most with 8 points in that direction. 

  4. Federer's Serve Effectiveness: Roger Federer didn't serve as good as usual. When his first serve was in, only 22% of the time it was unreturned (which is approximately 2 times less good than his normal stats). Like Dominic Thiem, Roger went for a high first serve percentage (70%) but in the end it didn't work for him (2 aces/service winners more for Thiem). 

The only shot where Dominic Thiem didn't get an edge was the volley. 42% of Roger's points were won at the net and he won 10 points more than Thiem (12 vs 2). 

The strategy used by Dominic Thiem is well known by MPF and Nicolas Massu (new coach) made a great job. Learn here about the benefit of the stats in the match preparation (MPF1 & MPF2 article in the blog).

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