Thiem would be three-time French Open winner if Nadal wasn't there -Roddick

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Thiem would be three-time French Open winner if Nadal wasn't there -Roddick

The former world No. 1 Andy Roddick spoke about the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The American said: “I feel like those guys have taken away an entire generation of Grand Slam winners. Thiem, he’s a three-time French Open winner if it’s not for that guy named Rafa."

Speaking of the younger players, Roddick added: “Medvedev is kind of like meat and potatoes. Everything he does, it doesn’t jump off the page but all of a sudden he’s won 3 and 3 or 3 and 4. He’s obviously the in-form player, I don’t think he’s ever been to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam before so Cincinnati’s one thing, New York City under the lights is another”.

Roddick continued: “Tsitsipas has this amazing flair, he’s fun to watch. When he does something great, it just looks really cool. You hope one of these guys, maybe it’s a breakout tournament. It would shake things up a little bit but I’m pretty sure those three legends [Federer, Nadal and Djokovic] will have something to say about it."

Soccer player Juan Bernat commented on his admiration for Nadal. The Paris Saint Germain defender said: “Rafael Nadal is a role model… His force of character has taken him so far… I admire him, even though I have met him just once, during an off-season stint with Bayern in Qatar we spoke a few words to each other… I will not forget Ribéry, a magnificent footballer in one-on-ones and a warm man."