For a long time now we have seen the ‘Big 3’ dominate tennis. People are certainly enjoying watching them play but they are also wondering about the NextGen players taking over. They are certainly close to doing that and 6-time Grand Slam Champion Stefan Edberg feels that Dominic Thiem is the closest among them.
In a recent appearance on Eurosport, Stefan Edberg had a talk with other champions like Boris Becker and Mats Wilander. In the talk, he was asked who he feels is the closest to taking over tennis from the Big 3. He replied by saying,
“I think Thiem, he showed that he could have won the Australian Open this year very easily, that was a good chance for him. If Rafa wasn’t there, I am pretty sure he will win the French Open someday. He is probably the closest one today, I would say.”
While Stefan feels that Thiem is one of the closest, he did compliment some of the other players like Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. He feels that they are showing a lot of potential and that they could also take over tennis from the ‘Big 3’.
As Edberg said, Dominic Thiem was very close to winning his first Grand Slam at the 2020 Australian Open. This was definitely heartbreaking for the Austrian as he was leading 2 sets to 1 in the final. However, Novak Djokovic made an incredible comeback and took home the title.
After reaching 2 Grand Slam Finals at the French Open, this was the best chance Thiem had to break the reign of the ‘Big 3’. He sadly missed out on this opportunity but that is not going to stop him from trying again.
The Austrian’s next opportunity to win a Grand Slam is going to come at the US Open. We don’t know if he is going to play it as he has said that he is not sure. But if he does, everyone is going to be hoping that he will finally win a Grand Slam.