After Dominic Thiem finished this season with stunning performances, His coach Nicolas Massu is being nominated the 2020 ATP coach of the year award. However, the 41-years-old Chilean admits he is delighted in teaching the 27-years-old Austrian.
In a recent interview with ATP tour.com, the former Olympic Gold medalist was asked about the formula for success in Dominic Thiem partnership.
“I think that we understand each other very well on both a personal and professional level. We have great communication, a lot of respect and a willingness to improve every day.” Nicolas Massu said.
Former World No.9 continued, “I’m about to celebrate two years working with Dominic, and I think the results have been incredible. There is a lot of motivation from both parties. The way we work, we’re both trying to bring our 100% every day.”
“We Don’t Have A Big Age Difference Either”: Thiem’s Coach
The Chilean coach also emphasised he and his student differ in cultures, but Massu believes that strengthens their because they have different personalities at the same time they share the same passion for being their best day-to-day.
“We don’t have a big age difference either, and that helps us have great energy on and off the tennis court.”, Nicolas Massu added.
And also, the famous trainer believes he retired seven years ago and experienced a lot of the things as a tennis player, and he can pass on to his pupil. Massu expressed, “On a personal level, I think we’re getting to know each other more and building up trust every day.”
“That’s The Biggest Achievement Of 2020”: Nicolas Massu on Thiem’s first Grand Slam
Earlier this year, Dominic Thiem reached finals at the Australian Open, where Novak Djokovic defeated him in the five-setter.
Before played his second consecutive final of the ATP Finals, Austrian won his first Grand Slam title after beating Alexander Zverev at the US Open.
Speaking about this year’s achievements, Nicolas Massu explained, “the three most important tournaments were the final of the Australian Open, winning the US Open, and the final of ATP Finals.”
“But of course, winning the US Open, winning his first Grand Slam, and the way that he did it – I think that’s the biggest achievement of 2020. And after that, the two big finals,” he concluded.