Hawkeye Analysis: Thiem Steps Up To Take Fight To Federer

Dominic Thiem upset Roger Federer on Sunday night at the Nitto ATP Finals with a clear and aggressive game plan that he executed well and stuck to throughout his 7-5, 7-5 victory.

These 10 Hawk-Eye graphics help tell the story of how Thiem improved to 5-2 against the Swiss in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series and earned his first opening victory at the season finale.

First-Serve Placement
Thiem pounded the Federer backhand throughout their Group Bjorn Borg matchup, and that was no more evident than with his serve. Federer, meanwhile, went after Thiem’s forehand with his first offering.

Thiem First-Serve Placement
Roger Federer against Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

Federer First-Serve Placement
Roger Federer against Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

Second-Serve Placement
With his second serve, Thiem stuck to his plan and continued to go after the Federer backhand wing, but Federer flipped the script. He no longer targetted Thiem’s forehand but instead attacked his backhand side.

Thiem Second-Serve Placement
Roger Federer against Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

Federer Second-Serve Placement
Roger Federer against Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

Rally Hit Points
Thiem, especially on clay, has been known to sag behind the baseline, allowing him plenty of time to hack away at big forehands and backhands, and it’s been Federer who has been on the attack, seizing every opportunity to come forward and play inside the baseline.

But on Sunday evening, it was the Austrian who spent nearly the majority of his evening inside the baseline, and Federer who was forced defend behind the baseline.

Thiem Rally Hit Points
Roger Federer against Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

Federer Rally Hit Points
Roger Federer against Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

Backhand Hit Points
Nowhere on court was Federer forced to defend from more than his backhand wing, as Thiem relentlessly brought the power to Federer’s one-hander, giving the Swiss few options.

Thiem Backhand Hit Points
Roger Federer Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

Federer Backhand Hit Points
Roger Federer Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

Court Coverage
If you’re Thiem’s coach, Nicolas Massu, this might your favourite graphic. The Austrian spent the entire two sets on the attack against Federer, hardly letting the Swiss play offence.

Thiem Court Coverage
Roger Federer Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

Federer Court Coverage
Roger Federer Dominic Thiem Hawkeye analysis

– Hawkeye data and visuals courtesy of ATP Media