Dominic Thiem is one of the few players who can boast a fair balance against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The Austrian tennis player, despite not yet having won a Slam (losing all three of the finals played), has faced the Big 3 a total of 32 times, taking home the victory on 14 occasions.
The World number 3 has beaten each of the three sacred monsters at least four times, an incredible feat at a time when tennis is desperate for new champions. Despite not being very young, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic still manage to establish themselves in the most important tournaments, a further demonstration of what will be remembered as the golden age of tennis.
In a long interview with El Tiempo, Dominic revealed how each challenge against the legendary trio represented a special moment in his career.
Thiem on Federer, Nadal and Djokovic
“I have been able to compete with the three best players in history for a few years.
I have won spectacular matches against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, these are very special moments in my sports career" - Dominic Thiem said. “The rivalry between Federer, Nadal and Djokovic is legendary and not only in our sport, it is a rivalry that transcends.
These three boys have given tennis a new dimension,” Thiem added. The last month has not been very easy for Dominic, who also ended up in the eye of the hurricane for participating in Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour. Unlike many of his colleagues, Thiem admitted the mistake and apologized several times, but many did not like his choice to go to France for the UTS immediately without undergoing any isolation.
The Austrian has made a lot of effort in recent weeks, with the hope of being 100% found when the season starts again. In 2018, he reached the Roland Garros final and lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. In 2019, he reached the final again and lost to Nadal in four sets.
And in January, at the Australian Open, Thiem beat Rafa in the quarterfinals before losing to Djokovic in five sets in the final. The only place left for Thiem to go at this point is into the winner’s circle at a major.
With Roger Federer out for the season, Nadal possibly skipping the summer American swing, and Novak Djokovic recovering from the coronavirus, Thiem might be considered the favorite to win the US Open.