Dominic Thiem Feels Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic ‘Small Step’ Above Next Gens at Australian Open 2021




Fans usually ask this question that who will carry forward the legacy of the Big Three in tennis. Although many youngsters have shown their potential in the recent years, one can still see the hegemony of the Big Three in the sport today. Recently, World No.3 Dominic Thiem expressed his opinion on the subject.

In a recent interview, Dominic Thiem revealed that who according to him would succeed the Big Three. He believes that three to four players can actually dominate the sport in the near future.

“Three or four players come into question, myself as well as (Alexander) Zverev, (Daniil) Medvedev and (Stefanos) Tsitsipas,” said Thiem in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

Dominic Thiem of Austria embraces Novak Djokovic of Serbia following victory in their men’s singles semi-final match during Day fourteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 08, 2019, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The US Open 2020 winner certainly thinks that he along with Zverev, Medvedev, and Tsitsipas can really take the sport ahead. However, this will surely be a mammoth task for all of them.

In the last decade, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal won around 90% of the Grand Slam titles. On the other hand, the four youngsters have just played a total of just six Grand Slam finals and have won just one major in total so far.

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Dominic Thiem believes Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have better chances to win the Australian Open 2021

Even though Thiem lauded the next-gen superstars, he said that Rafa and Djoker will still start as favorites at the Australian Open 2021. He believes that they do have an edge over him and the three players which he mentioned earlier at the upcoming major.

Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates winning a point during his Group E singles match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland during day six of the 2020 ATP Cup Group Stage at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 08, 2020, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

“A small step above Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Zverev, and me,” added the Austrian player.

The World No.3 player also answered that who according to him will win the upcoming Grand Slam in Melbourne. He responded that out of him, Nadal, Djokovic, Medvedev, Tsitipas, and Zverev, anyone can go on to lift the title.

“Of the six everyone has a good chance of winning that,” replied Thiem.

Thiem will begin his 2021 campaign at the ATP Cup 2021 against Matteo Berrettini. He will then advance to the Australian Open 2021 where he’ll definitely be eyeing his second Grand Slam title. Will Thiem be able to battle past Djokovic and Nadal and win his maiden Australian Open title this year?

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