'That was a good chance for Dominic Thiem', says Roger Federer's former coach

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'That was a good chance for Dominic Thiem', says Roger Federer's former coach

During his career, Dominic Thiem has won 16 ATP singles titles and has shown he can break the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. In Grand Slam tournaments, he reached two finals at Roland Garros and one final at the Australian Open.

He was also a finalist in the 2019 edition of the Nitto ATP Finals. On 2 March, Thiem rose to a new career high ranking of world No. 3, passing Roger Federer in the ATP rankings. Thiem was one of many players to arrive early at Indian Wells to defend his 2019 title, where he also planned to play doubles with Grigor Dimitrov.

However due the coronavirus pandemic the 2020 Indian Wells Masters was postponed. Shortly afterward the ATP Tour was suspended for six weeks which was extended through to 13 July 2020. In June, Thiem won the first leg of the Adria Tour exhibition event in Belgrade.

His first opponent retired from the match, then he beat Dušan Lajović and Grigor Dimitrov in group stage to reach the final where he beat Filip Krajinović. In a recent appearance on Eurosport, Stefan Edberg had a talk with other champions like Boris Becker and Mats Wilander.

In the talk, he was asked who he feels is the closest to taking over tennis from the Big 3.

Edberg on Dominic Thiem

“I think Dominic Thiem, he showed that he could have won the Australian Open this year very easily, that was a good chance for him.

If Rafa wasn’t there, I am pretty sure he will win the French Open someday. He is probably the closest one today, I would say" - Stefan Edberg explained. Roger Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have shared the past 13 majors between them, with Stan Wawrinka the last man outside the trio to win a Slam when he lifted the US Open in 2016.

"But at the same time, [Alexander] Zverev has shown a lot of potential, sort of lost track a little bit, but it doesn’t take much to get back on the right track again. ‘[Stefanos] Tsitsipas has shown some… He’s definitely knocking on the door as well.

I probably can add a few others. But Thiem, I would say at the moment. Over the last 10, 12 years, it’s been three, four players dominating the game. Lately three players and if you look at the last couple of years, they’ve won all the Grand Slams.

They’ve been incredible for this sport. It would have been nice to have a new young winner while Novak and Roger and Rafa are still around. ‘It’s probably going to take some time for these young players because you need to win a Slam to start with and maybe need to win two, three, and then you’re sort of people start knowing about you" - Edberg added.