Dominic Thiem Picks Novak Djokovic As ‘Absolute’ Favorite at Wimbledon Championships 2021, But Says Don’t Write Off Roger Federer

Published 07/05/2021, 1:23 AM EDT
Dominic Thiem of Austria shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after beating him on Day 7 of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on November 21, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem may be out of action but he has been copiously following all the action at All England.


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The Austrian withdrew mid-match in his tournament opener at Mallorca after a pop in his right wrist put him out of the contest.

However, he doesn’t want to dwell on his struggles and setbacks and instead, sit back and enjoy the action unravelling on the lawns of All England.


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In an interview with Sky News, Austria, Thiem picked Novak Djokovic as an absolute favorite to defend his title.

Dominic Thiem also lists Matteo Berrettini, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev as men to watch out for

However, he also listed Matteo Berrettini, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev as men to watch out for.

Novak is the absolute top favorite. Sascha, Medvedev and Berrettini can be dangerous,” he said.

However, he added that he would never count Roger Federer out of the race as he is “such a good player”.

Dominic Thiem of Austria embraces Novak Djokovic of Serbia following victory in their mens 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)

Thiem says he would rather be out there playing Wimbledon

“Never write off Federer. He is such a legend, such a good player. I’m looking forward to the matches. I’d rather be there but it’s still interesting to watch from a distance,” Thiem added.

On the status of his injury, the Austrian said he has injured right wrist in a splint. 

The 27-year-old said he has been advised to wear the splint for five weeks and will continue that way for another five weeks, which might make him an injury doubt for the US Open.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 17: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Dominic Thiem of Austria pose for a photo at the net prior to their singles final match during Day Eight of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

On how determined he is to return to action at the Flushing Meadows, Thiem said it was one of his favorite calendar tournaments even before he won it and he would love nothing more than to be back doing what he does best.


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He said he would also like to utilize this time on the sidelines to start “new projects” with his new management firm and spend quality time with friends and family in the lap of nature.


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He also voiced a wish to catch a Formula 1 race live.


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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.