I am confident that the next 5-6 years can be the best for Dominic Thiem: Coach Nicolas Massu

Dominic Thiem with his 2020 US Open title
Dominic Thiem with his 2020 US Open title

Dominic Thiem's coach Nicolas Massu recently talked about his hopes for the Austrian over the next few years. Massu also provided an update on Thiem's recovery from injury, revealing that while the 27-year-old is making steady progress, there is no timetable on his return to action.

Thiem is currently recuperating from the wrist injury he sustained at the Mallorca Championships. He was forced to skip Wimbledon as well as the European clay tournaments in July (Gstaad, Kitzbuhel, Hamburg).

Thiem also recently pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters in August, raising doubts over his participation at the US Open - where he is the defending champion.

While speaking to Puntodebreak, Nicolas Massu first talked about the GOAT race between Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Massu highlighted how each of them has achieved incredible things in the sport, thereby making it difficult to choose one.

Thiem's coach also believes the Big 3's dominance and longevity should act as a source of inspiration to all young players on the tour.

"Each has their own story, all three have achieved incredible things and different records," Massu said. "I put them on the same level. That they continue to win at this age helps us others to understand what the path is, to understand that we still have to do to reach them. They make the level of tennis better every year, we are living in a spectacular generation, they are the three greatest in history."
Nicolas Massu with Dominic Thiem
Nicolas Massu with Dominic Thiem

The fact that Dominic Thiem won the US Open last year without having to face Djokovic, Nadal or Federer took some of the shine off his achievement. Nicolas Massu, on his part, prefers seeing his charge win tournaments that feature the trio, as it highlights Thiem's qualities.

"I have always said, I prefer that they are always in the tournaments that Dominic wins, because that will mean that he is at a great level," Massu said. "When he is well I know that he can beat anyone, he is still young but he already has a lot of experience. I am confident that the next 5-6 years can be the best. It is from difficult moments that one becomes strong."

Nicolas Massu went on to reveal that his charge is continuing his recovery with constant guidance from his doctors. The Chilean stressed, however, that Thiem must wait for his wrist to fully heal before pondering a return to action.

"He (Dominic Thiem) continues to advance with his recovery, every day we are in contact and also with the doctors," Massu said. "He was unlucky, he was playing well in Mallorca, motivated, we saw him happy on the court ... but sometimes things happen that you don't expect."
"Now he has to go very calmly, respecting the deadlines, the wrist is an area that has to be perfect to return to competition, whenever it is, but do it 100% and without the risk of becoming chronic," Massu added. "There are still several weeks to know when exactly he will be able to return."

"I know what a good person Dominic Thiem is" - Nicolas Massu

Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros
Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros

Dominic Thiem's form has nosedived ever since he won the US Open last year. Throw in his injury woes and Thiem currently finds himself neck-deep in arguably the most testing phase of his career.

But Massu believes it is imperative the Austrian stays composed amid these troubled times. According to Massu, things will eventually work out for Thiem as he is a "good person" and a deserving champion.

"Good moments should be taken calmly, with the same calm that bad moments, that is the key, accept the processes. I know perfectly everything that works, I know what a good person he is and I know that everything he won is because he deserves it, so I am sure that he still has many great things to live for."