“Even Winning One is Very Difficult”: Dominic Thiem Hails Federer, Nadal and Djokovic For Their Achievements

Published 05/04/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Dominic Thiem of Austria and Rafael Nadal of Spain embrace at the net following their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


World No. 4 Dominic Thiem is currently playing at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. He is returning to the court after a knee injury and is hopeful of making a successful comeback in Madrid. Interestingly, he has ended as the runner-up of the tournament two times and will try hard to win his maiden title in Madrid this year.

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In a recent interview, Dominic Thiem was asked if he realizes the importance of winning 20 Grand Slam titles. He said that he understood that it was a huge achievement for any player. Both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have won 20 majors, and Novak Djokovic is right behind them at 18.

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)

“Of course, but I knew before that it was a huge achievement to do what Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer], and Novak [Djokovic] do. Even winning one is a very difficult thing that not many players achieve,” said Thiem.

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(Translated by Google Translate)

Thiem reflected that even winning a single Grand Slam title is a tough thing for any tennis player. The Austrian won the US Open 2020, which is the only major that he has won in his career so far. He also ended as the runner-up at the French Open 2018 and 2019, losing to Rafael Nadal on both occasions.

“Three of the best athletes of all time”- Dominic Thiem on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic

Thiem highlighted that because of their dominance at the Grand Slams, the ‘Big Three’ are the three best athletes of all time. Surprisingly, Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have won 90% of the Grand Slam titles in the last decade.

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)

“That is why the three of them are three of the best athletes of all time,” concluded the World No. 4 player.

Even though Thiem respects the Big Three and considers Federer as his idol, he has an astonishing record against them. Besides Andy Murray, he is the only player who has enjoyed five or more wins against each one of them on tour.

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Dominic Thiem will begin his Mutua Madrid Open 2021 campaign tomorrow. He’ll face Marcos Giron in the second round of the tournament at the Manolo Santana stadium. Will Thiem be able to win his maiden Madrid Open title this year?

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