Why is Nicolae Frunza not a top player yet? He surely has the weapons to do it.
Romania played Austria in Davis Cup. Yes, the tie was lost, 1-4, with the sole match won by the Romanians in the doubles match, where Frunza played as well, alongside the doubles specialist, Horia Tecau.
But what I found fascinating and promising was Nicolae Frunza. What a player! Number 611 ATP? That must be a joke.
Yes, the match was lost, 7-6(2), 7-6(3), 6-3, but don’t forget against who he played. Dominic Thiem, number 7 in the world. A regular top 10 player, a dominant figure in the last 3 years in the world’s tennis. And clay is the Austrian’s favorite surface.
And yet Frunza showed no fear. He is an all around player. He battled with Thiem in rallies and won, made amazing passing and drop shots. He can hit great with both forehand and backhand. And well, that one-hand backhand, you don’t see it too often nowadays, especially not at young players.
What he needs to improve though is the serve and has to gain more power. He has all the time to do it. If he stays healthy and humble, I can’t see why he can’t achieve great things.
Dominic Thiem won due to his experience, he knew how to focus during the important points and exactly when to accelerate. But you could easily see that he felt a bit embarrassed and annoyed, as it would’ve been a really bad defeat for such an amazing player.