Dominic Thiem Feels Very ‘Far Away’ From Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

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Dominic Thiem is certainly on cloud 9. At the ATP Finals 2020, he has defeated both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to cement his place in the finals. What’s even more incredible is that now he has at least five wins over each of the ‘Big Three’ members and has become the second player to do so.

After his spectacular form against the ‘Big Three’, a journalist asked Thiem if he considered himself one of the fab 3 or fab 4 now. To everyone’s astonishment, the US Open 2020 winner came up with a witty reply.

“No, of course, not,” began Thiem with a smile. “If you compare, especially the big titles, I am so far away. I have 1 Slam, 1 Masters, 1 1000s and that’s it. That’s a little bit less than the other three players.”

Thiem surely reflected that although he has enjoyed success against the ‘Big Three’ lately, he is nowhere near them.  He believes that he still has to accomplish many more things in his career. Perhaps then, it would be the right time to decide whether to include him on the list or not. As of now, he has admitted that he has too few titles for a fair comparison.

“Every match against them is a great opportunity”- Dominic Thiem on facing the Big Three

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Austria’s Dominic Thiem in action during his group stage match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Thiem also highlighted the positive role that the Big Three had on him. He believes that he was really lucky to play against them.

I love to play against them. As I said, it’s such a huge thing-every single match against them. Younger players can feel super happy that these three living legends are around them, we can compete with them. Every match against them is a great opportunity. And, that’s what I think about it,” concluded the 27-year-old Thiem.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain, and Roger Federer of Switzerland wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Thiem certainly emphasized that it was really great to have the Big Three around, especially for the younger players. He also admitted that he just loves to play against them.

Right now, Thiem is in the finals of the ATP Finals 2020. He will face Daniil Medvedev there and will try hard to win his maiden ATP Finals title and end his 2020 tennis season on a high.

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