“Chance of the Century”: Dominic Thiem Weighs In on Novak Djokovic’s Path To Create History at US Open 2021

Published 09/08/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 12: Dominic Thiem (L) of Austria and Novak Djokovic (R) of Serbia smile during an exhibition double match of the Adria Tour charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic, on June 12, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been the most dominant player in the last decade. The honors he has earned along with the records he has broken in the recent past highlight his mark on the game. In the current season itself, the Serb has won all the Grand Slam events that have taken place. 

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Recently, former champion Dominic Thiem spoke on the chances of Novak Djokovic creating history at the US Open 2021. He is just shy away from three matches that will cement his name further in the history books. 

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)

Speaking of Djokovic, Thiem stated, “That’s potentially the toughest part of the three biggest title contenders, but if somebody can do it, it’s Novak. We all know he has the chance of the century, probably. It’s not going to come that fast again, the chance of the calendar Grand Slam. So he’ll do everything and will give everything to make it and to win three more matches. He will have to beat probably three top 10 players in a row, which is always difficult, but as I said, if anyone can do it, it’s him.”

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Novak Djokovic is a man on a mission 

Reflecting on Djokovic’s season so far, he won the Australian Open, beating Daniil Medvedev in the final. In Paris, he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and went on to win the title. In the final, he was down two sets and eventually fought back to win the title against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 02: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Dominic Thiem of Austria after beating him in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 02, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

After that, he was seen at the Wimbledon Championships. Out there, he won his sixth title beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final. In doing so, he has now tied up with Federer and Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles. 

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At the moment, he is aiming to do the unthinkable, winning the fourth and final Grand Slam of the season. On the other hand, Thiem has ended his season due to a wrist injury. We wish both players the very best in the future.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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