Austria's Dominic Thiem says every member of the Big Three group falls into the greatest tennis player of all times category since each have accomplished something very unique. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer each have 20 Grand Slams in their collection.
Earlier this year, Djokovic surpassed Federer on the all-time list for most weeks spent as world No. 1. "For me, there are three GOATs in the game, and each of them has achieved something very unique,” Thiem said of the trio locked on 20 major titles each”.
“So it’s still the same for me as it was before. The three of them are the best in the history to me. And I’m only super happy to be in the same era with them and to be able to compete with them. Hopefully many more times next year again”.
Tennis transition started with Thiem, per Djokovic
After losing the US Open final to Daniil Medvedev, Djokovic said transition started a year ago when Thiem won the 2020 US Open. "I think it has already started in a way, with Dominic Thiem winning here last year.
Daniil, I don't know if he's No. 1 now or is soon-to-be No. 1. Look, it's normal. The transition was inevitable," Djokovic said "The older guys are still hanging on. We're still trying to shine the light on the tennis world as much as we possibly can.
I'm speaking on my own behalf. I still want to keep going, try to win more slams, play for my country. Those are the things that motivate me the most I think at this point. "But the new generation, if you want to call them this way, is not anyone new.
It's already current, established. Of course, they are going to take over. I think tennis is in good hands because they're all nice guys and very, very good, high-quality tennis players. They got something to offer on and off the court."