Back in London, Thiem is now 3-0 at the ATP Finals this week, following an equally impressive 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 scoreline in the 2019 final rematch against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday.
The brace of breaker wins against Nadal on Tuesday means the Austrian has clinched five sets from this position in the last six sets played against the 20-time major winner.
The modern game is littered with numbers, but these stats simply state Thiem is playing the clutch points impeccably well and that’s ominous for the field at the ATP Finals.
“Honestly, I think that today I played a little bit higher level than at the US Open and was maybe the best match for me since the restart of the tour. That makes me super happy,” stated the world No.3 in press after his triumph over Nadal.
“Obviously it was not easy to come back after US Open and French Open (quarter-finals). I was like on unbelievable emotional state and everything. Then also the home tournament in Vienna a little injury, so that was not easy.
“But now I'm 100% recovered. I had a great preparation, as well, for London, so I'm super happy with the way I'm playing here.”
The 27-year-old hopes to maintain his momentum against debutant Andrey Rublev, who recently defeated him on home soil in Vienna. Thiem is fully focused on his own side of the net and is adamant he can’t sit and admire his previous performances in east London. He wants more.
“I think that I raised my level especially on hard court towards the end of last season when I started the Asian swing, and then I won Vienna. I played a great Finals here, and also Australian Open at the beginning of the year,” continued the world No.3.
“So that's gives me feeling I raised my level. I was able to maintain it during the break of the tour, because obviously there was a lot of time for practice to work on things.
“Of course, I still want to improve. I still have a lot of stuff to improve, especially coming to the net and closing out the points better at the net, so that's my goal for the next pre-season.”
No pre-season yet Dominic, time to repeat and overpower at the ATP Finals.