Never as in this period, the Slam record held by Roger Federer is at serious risk. If Rafael Nadal were to win Roland Garros for the 13th time, he would equal the Swiss at 20 Majors. The 39-year-old from Basel, who has undergone surgery twice in recent months, will return to the court in early 2021, hoping to repeat the success of 2017.
According to numerous insiders, it is hard to think that the former world number 1 will be competitive for winning the US Open, as Federer will turn 40 in August next year. As stated by his compatriot Marc Rosset in recent days, the rise of Dominic Thiem (fresh champion in New York) could help Roger slow down Nadal and Djokovic’s pace.
The Austrian has already hit two consecutive finals at Roland Garros and this year could be the right time to overthrow the Majorcan's dominance. ATP # 3 revealed that Federer was one of the first to compliment him after his US Open success.
Thiem on Roger Federer
After declaring Roger Federer completely unique in tennis, Dominic Thiem has vowed to do his bit to stop his rivals from overhauling his records. “Roger Federer congratulated me on my US Open win,” Thiem told Blick.
“I promise, I will do everything so that Roger remains number one (smiling). No other player can be compared to Roger, he‘s one of a kind, a much more aesthetic and elegant player than I am" - he added. Former top-ten player Massu believes this win will make Thiem more relaxed at future major tournaments.
“I think this will help Dominic to be more calm because they talk a lot about the new generation. “Now he is going to be more calm playing in the next Grand Slam,” added the Chilean. The next Grand Slam tournament for Thiem will be the French Open, where he will be one of the favourites for the title and has been the runner-up to Rafael Nadal the past two seasons.
Massu expressed confidence that his charge can prevail at Roland Garros one day but also stressed the importance of taking things slowly ahead of the rescheduled event in Paris. “I think he for sure, maybe this year or whatever, he will have a chance to win the French Open,” commented Massu, “but now I think we have to go step by step.
When we arrive in Paris, when we start to practice, we have to think about French Open”. After his exertions in New York, Dominic Thiem has decided to skip this week’s Italian Open and will play his first match as a major champion at the French Open, which will begin later this month. He will be the third seed behind world number one Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.