Thiem: 'Federer, Djokovic, Nadal are the greatest but our time will come'


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Thiem: 'Federer, Djokovic, Nadal are the greatest but our time will come'

Speaking to Tennis Magazin Dominic Thiem was asked if it's good or bad luck to coincide in the same era as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The Austrian said: "I am really happy to be able to compete against these three at the highest level.

I learn a lot from every single match. That's very important for my development. Every match is also a chance to beat one of the three best players or all time. Wins like the one against Djokovic at the French Open or Federer in Indian Wells bring a lot of self-confidence.

But the time will come after those three players. A moment where players like Alexander Zverev and me hope to become big names." Will the professional tennis go through a hole once the three legends retire? "No, It will not happen for sure.

Sport is bigger than the single players. After the retirement there will be very, very good players with interesting characters: Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Felix Auger-Aliassime, who will definitely try to crack top ten in the next six months.

Add them to Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev. Matteo Berrettini improved so much over such a short time. In five years, will a player who beats all records come up? That's the beauty of our sport." Thiem's agent Herwig Straka said: "He is a real champion on the biggest stage, making a difference in the key moments both against Roger and Novak.

It's like a big cinema. What was nice to see is that in both matches the opponents are starting to have respect which is something really new. Novak was very nervous in the beginning of the second set which is a good thing and a bit like the changing of the guard."