Back in 2007, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic finished in the top-3 for the first time, setting the path for total domination over men's tennis in the next 12 years. Since 2004, three legends had failed to finish at the top of the standings only in 2016 when Andy Murray stole the honor, bouncing back in the last three seasons to stay in front of all the rivals at the age of 38, 33 and 32, respectively.
Rafa and Novak claimed all four Major titles in 2019 and, together with Roger, five out of nine Masters 1000 crowns, adding more records to their already impressive tallies and proving their eternal class once again in front of the young challengers who will try to overcome them in 2020.
Alongside Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem is one of the most serious contenders for the Major crowns in the new season, reaching back-to-back Roland Garros title matches and seeking that extra step in the next nine months.
Outside Roland Garros, Thiem's results at Majors were far from good in 2019, scoring one victory overall in Melbourne, London and New York and working hard on improvements ahead of the new season to prevent that and become competitive at all four most prominent tennis events.
Thiem claimed his first Masters 1000 crown at Indian Wells last March and is aware that the upcoming generation can cause damage to the 'Big 3' at those events and the ATP Finals, urging himself and the rest of the field to put stronger effort at Majors and take the biggest trophies away from them.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have won all 12 Majors since 2017 and Dominic can't guarantee they won't continue their streak in 2020, although he feels ready to take at least one of those away from their hands.
"I think we have challenged Nadal, Djokovic and Federer a lot in the past couple of years. We also beat them, especially at the Masters 1000 level and the ATP Finals," said Thiem. "Now, the last thing left for us to achieve is to conquer the Grand Slam stage; I think we will see a new Grand Slam champion in 2020.
I hope that would be me but you can't guarantee anything; many other guys can achieve that as well. Maybe it will not happen and the 'big 3' would win all four Majors as in the last couple of years. Still, we are giving our best to achieve the top position and fight for the biggest titles.
I was thrilled with how my game has developed, especially in the last part of 2019. I'm trying to improve all the parts of my game even more, to practice and keep improving the things which were going well and then add some new elements to my game. I will try everything to do my best this year."