Dominic Thiem reacts to Rafael Nadal describing him as future No. 1

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Dominic Thiem reacts to Rafael Nadal describing him as future No. 1

Speaking with Tennis Magazin, Dominic Thiem reacted to Rafael Nadal saying the Austrian is a future world No. 1. Thiem said: "It's a big honor when Rafa says something like this. Obviously, he has a good reputation with 19 Grand Slam titles and many weeks as a world No.

1. But I will not feel pressured at the moment for what he said." Thiem also praised Nadal's French Open dominance. The Mallorcan won 12 titles there and over the last two years he beat Thiem in the championship clash.

"He always manages to find his best tennis in Paris during these three weeks," recognized the world No. 5. Can the rivalry between Thiem and Zverev be like the one between the Big Three? "I think we had seven clashes since 2016.

We played in a Masters final (2018 Madrid). And in the 2018 French Open quarters. It would be nice if we could play more matches in the future." In an interview with TennisNet, Thiem's father Wolfgang spoke about the Austrian player defeating Novak Djokovic after a thrilling match on Tuesday.

"It was definitely one of his best matches. Dominic switched from being a classic hard-courter to a very hard-courter. He showed it with the wins in Indian Wells and Vienna, the entire season. And that's an important starting point looking ahead to the next season."

On Thiem's condition, Wolfgang said: "Dominic was not at his best and I did not know how the match would develope. He had received the ok from doctor to play, there was no hesitation. But after losing the first set tie-break, things were not ideal.

I think on Wednesday we will just have a one-hour hitting session. Dominic recovered for two hours after the match. He had a very tough group. As for the other younger guys, Tsitsipas seems to be the best one. Zverev played a really strong match against Nadal.

Medvedev played unbelievably in August and September. The next season will be interesting. The second year is always tougher. Jannik Sinner plays a very exciting tennis but expectations are bigger. Look at Medvedev, if he reaches the Australian Open fourth round that's no longer a success."