Dominic Thiem's reputation as one of the brightest talents in tennis was underlined by a consistent campaign in 2017.
The 24-year-old Austrian, under the tutelage of renowned coach Gunter Bresnik, reached the semi-final at Roland Garros, defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic on the way, before falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
During the 2017 season, Thiem won his 8th ATP title at the Rio Open and reached his first Masters 1000 final at the Mutua Madrid Open, losing to Nadal.
Thiem, despite a poor end to the campaign which included early exits in Chengdu, Tokyo and Shanghai, qualified for the ATP Finals for the second year running but managed only one victory at the season-ending showpiece event to fail to progress past the group stage.
A flowing backhand and solid groundstrokes have helped Thiem build a game that has caused problems for everyone he has faced, and the Austrian has proved he is capable of upsetting the big guns, beating each of the 'Big Four': Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray, at least once.