The two-time Grand Slam finalist amongst the NextGen of tennis, Dominic Thiem is not confident about seeing a new Grand Slam champion in the year 2020. He believes the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic will continue for the next few years. Thiem was lately in the publication, ‘The Standard’ and reflected his perspective on the future of men’s tennis.
“No, not that,” Thiem responded when asked about the halt of ‘Big Three’ of tennis. “The generation change is half completed, you can see it in the Masters 1000 tournaments, which are completely divided. The only thing we have to conquer is the Grand Slams. They are only won by the three. But I think it’s hard to see a new Grand Slam winner next year,” Dominic Thiem said.
The new faces on the tour have outshone the ‘Big Three’ of in the ATP Masters 1000 level tournaments and made their breakthroughs there, however, the new era of tennis contenders are struggling to advance on the Grand Slam courts.
Thiem mentioned that the ‘three wise men’ of tennis are doing exceptionally well and all of them are specialized in their own aspects of the game. “They are absolute experts and exceptional athletes,” Dominic Thiem added.
Once World Number one, Novak Djokovic gave his insights on the struggle of NextGen. “Zverev, for example, you know, who is again an amazing player, struggling in Grand Slams. Because Grand Slams are just different tournaments, you know. They have so many challenges on and off the court for a tennis player. It messes up with your mind at times. But that’s why, over the years, you know, you gain experience that helps you,” Djokovic said.
Amongst the NextGen players, the Russian, Daniil Medvedev has shown the signs of breakthrough and probably he is the most deserved torchbearer amongst the next-generation players in the ATP fraternity.
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Further, the Austrian top-ranked player, Thiem was interrogated upon the 38-year-old, Roger Federer swinging his tennis racquets for the next twelve years on the ATP Tour. Thiem replied logically and said, “I do not believe that.”