Dominic Thiem Optimistic About Beating Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic at Grand Slams

Published 01/16/2021, 9:42 AM EST
Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem congratulate themselves at the end of the Men Final of the 2018 French Open – Day Fithteen at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Suu/Getty Images)


If there’s one player to look out for in 2021, it will surely be Dominic Thiem. The 27-year-old Austrian recently won his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open 2020 and will hope to continue his incredible form in the next season too. However, his competition will not be any easier as he’ll still have to face and beat the Big Three i.e Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer in order to lift more titles.

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In a recent interview, there was a question to Thiem about the Big Three’s presence in tennis. It was whether he believed that it was bad luck for him to play tennis at a time of their dominance. Thiem responded to the question using a lot of wits.

“Actually we’re lucky. We can later say that we dueled with them for years,” answered Thiem.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the men’s singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Although Thiem believed that he was lucky to play with the legends, he also said that it would be much easier for him to win titles after their retirement. He was quite confident that he could continue their great legacy in the sport.

“Maybe then, (when they retirement) it will be a little easier to win the big tournaments,” added the Austrian.

“Would beat the big three now”- Dominic Thiem

Thiem also revealed the easiest way of tackling the Big Three. He believed that the Next Gen players including him had the potential of even beating the Big Three, that too, at the Grand Slams.

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)

“We would beat the big three now. So theoretically,” continued Thiem with a laugh.

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Dominic Thiem is one of those two players who have enjoyed at least five victories against each of the Big Three. He has six wins against Nadal and five each against Federer and Djokovic. The Austrian is surely a threat to the Big Three and will look forward to outplay them in 2021.

Thiem will begin his 2021 season at the ATP Cup 2021. After that, he will play at the Australian Open 2021 where he’ll be eyeing his second Grand Slam title. Will Thiem end the 2021 season as the N0.1 player in the ATP rankings?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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