“Rose to a World Brand”: Dominic Thiem Picks Michael Jordan as the G.O.A.T after Roger Federer




2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem shines bright amongst his colleagues. Dominic reached consecutive finals at the French Open in 2018 and 2019, only to suffer losses at the hands of ‘The King of Clay” Rafael Nadal. 

At the beginning of the year, he lost to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a 5-set thriller. Finally, at this year’s US Open, Thiem was crowned Grand Slam champion.

Dominic Thiem G.O.A.T List, Michael Jordan Bags Second 

The Austrian holds Michael Jordan in high regard and considers him his second favorite athlete after the great Roger Federer. Recently, when asked who he considers his second favorite athlete, he said,

Michael Jordan because he was the first athlete who completely combined sports with business. He celebrated sheer alien things in the NBA and economically he rose to a world brand.”

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 26: Michael Jordan chats with Tony Godsick (Federer’s agent) during Roger Federer’s match on Day 2 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)

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The World No. 3 keeps a tab on basketball. Besides Jordan, he has great respect for NBA greats, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

He added, “As mentioned before Jordan is part of my top five! LeBron James or Kobe Bryant were also sensational globally, the NBA rules. Basketball is highly respected in the USA.”

Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates his 7-5 7-5 over Roger Federer of Switzerland during Day one of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

When asked if he’s ever witnessed an NBA match live, he said, “Oh yes! I have seen many NBA matches in Miami. A friend of mine has a season ticket. I always liked the atmosphere, there is always a great show around the match for the audience.”

Thiem missed the Rolex Paris Masters this year due to a blister issue on his foot. He hopes to be fine for the ATP World Tour Finals in London, beginning next week. 

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