Dominic Thiem is one of the many players who could have already some Grand Slam titles on his bag if Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were not there. The Austrian lost two French Open finals in a row, in 2018 and 2019, to the Spaniard.
When will Thiem manage to triumph? The Rio Open chief Luiz Carvalho replied: "I do not have the crystal ball but he is close. Only Rafa could beat him on clay, so Thiem is the second greatest player on clay in terms of consistency.
To win a Grand Slam, it's so mentally and physically tough so Thiem can be the next French Open winner when Nadal is not there anymore. I cannot bet against him, I have lost the count of how many French Open he has won.
How mentally tough he is. He can still win a couple more but you cannot predict because the Big Three prove you wrong when you say that they are done. How many times we said Federer was done, how many times we said Nadal is too often injured, Djokovic had an elbow issue."
On the differences of interest between men's and women's tennis, Carvalho added: "The men's tennis has really got higher. It has excellence of players, it's an amazing era and then there are many guys behind.
So there are many champions. On the women's side there is still a lot of good players but the market is not as big as in the men's. In WTA Premiers like Toronto and Cincinnati, there is a lot of interest from the crowd because you have Halep, Serena, Osaka.
For the smaller events, it's tougher on ATP and WTA sides. You struggle in getting top ten players. If you are running a WTA International event in Romania and you have Halep, you do not need anyone else. In Shenzhen we are able to get top players but we are in a good week because it's the first one."