Since joining the Top Ten in 2016, Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem has never left this particular group and has become one of the most consistent players on the men's circuit. He achieved his best early career results at Roland Garros where he first won the semifinals in 2016 and 2017 and then reached the final in both 2018 and 2019 losing in both cases to The King of Clay Rafael Nadal but picking up new experience for 2020, the year that consecrated him within the tennis world.
Currently number three in the world is the most dangerous rival of the Big Three, a group composed of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic. Thiem scored big hits against them, beating them 16 times on any surface possible.
Among his most important defeats there is certainly the two knockouts in the final at the ATP Finals of 2019 and 2020, but in this last year he achieved his best result by winning the US Open in five sets against Alexander Zverev.
In New York he was 0-2 down against the German and produced an incredible and sensational comeback to lift his first Grand Slam title at the age of 27. Thiem started training for the new season about six weeks ago and is preparing to leave for Australia where he will reach Adelaide next Thursday, will face a two-week quarantine and will train with prominent players in sight before the ATP Cup.
and then the Australian Open.
Dominic Thiem wants to win a title beating the Big Three players
After his US Open win, Dominic Thiem faced the question that every tennis fan had on their minds. The New York Times asked him, “Would the title have meant more if he could have beaten one of the big three on the way?” To this, the Austrian had a well thought out answer and said, “A Grand Slam victory is a Grand Slam victory,” Dominic said.
“Otherwise one would have to say that all titles before the Big Three (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic) are worthless”. However, Thiem still looks forward to emerging as a winner in front of them. “But of course I still want to win a title where I can beat one or maybe two of them,” the Austrian expressed.
In view of 2021, the season in which the athlete certainly wants to reconfirm, he released the following words: "This year I was on vacation more than usual, but then the workouts went well. For the first two weeks I only did fitness thanks also with the help of physiotherapist Alex Stoner, in Australia I will only be able to play with a training partner in the first week and two others in the second.
We can also go out in the third week probably even without a mask since the days of Indian Wells 2020, this is sensational. I hope to be able to play all year and that I can at least repeat the results of the last two but above all I would also like our lives to return to normal as soon as possible."