In an interview to Eurosport, the former world No. 2 Alex Corretja commented on Roger Federer's chances in Wimbledon. The Spaniard said: “I think Federer played a great clay court season [reaching the semi-finals], which gives him the belief he can win Wimbledon again.
Of course, they are looking at each other, Roger knows it’s 18, he is getting closer. The best thing about both of them, they don’t compare with others, they just look out for themselves”. On Nadal's recent success, Corretja added: “People dream of winning Roland-Garros once, can you imagine winning it 12 times? I have spoken to him and he looked very calm, he said it was crucial he broke back in the first set and got ahead.
He said the speed and intensity in the first two sets were very difficult, it was brutal conditions as well, long rallies, difficult to breathe. He knew he had to raise his level in the third set because Dominic might go down a little bit.
That’s why Rafa has won here 12 times because he raises his level when he needs to. I feel Dominic Thiem will win this tournament in the future, he is absolutely ready, he is the toughest guy to beat on clay after Rafa”.
Asked who he would like to face among the former players, Thiem replied: "I think it would be Andre Agassi. He was part of my first memories of tennis. He played some of the first matches I watched on television."
Asked to choose on the women's side, the 25-year-old replied: "I think it would be Steffi Graf because she had such a complete game, a good peck and slice. I enjoyed watching her, as well, so I would have really loved to play her."
Asked how he would like to be remembered by people once his career ends, Thiem concluded: "I want them to say they loved to watch me on the tennis court and that they always had the feeling that I gave everything out there."