2020 was a very important year for Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem, probably the most important year of his career. All tennis players have been struggling with Covid and in general with this pandemic that has changed all future strategies and situations, but last September Thiem fulfilled his dream by winning the first Grand Slam title, the Us Open 2020.
After a long wait and after losing the finals, the Austrian champion took his revenge and crowned the dream of a career. 2021 did not start in the best way for the current number 4 in the world, who lost in the Atp Cup against the Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini and showed a condition, not the best.
Also in Australia, during the first Grand Slam of the season, Thiem struggled a lot to beat Nick Kyrgios in the first rounds and in the Round of 16 he lost quite clearly against the Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.
Dominic Thiem recently spoke to the media ahead of the start of the 2021 Dubai Tennis Championships. Moving on to his maiden Grand Slam win at the 2020 US Open, Dominic Thiem claimed that his title run was no mean feat even though he didn't face Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.
Dominic Thiem on the Big 3
"Nobody knows if I would have won it but well, I have the title that's all what counts," Dominic Thiem said. "And also of course, Big 3 are Big 3 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic).
But I mean, there was also a time before them; nobody asks if a Grand Slam title back then was worth less or more or the same as it is now. No I mean, a Grand Slam title is worth all the time the same, and there's just no need to to think about it," he added.
"Because, well, my name is there on the trophy and it always will be and doesn't really matter who I was beating there or who was there or whatever." Roger Federer's ranking would ordinarily have been in jeopardy under normal ATP guidelines.
But the new COVID-affected rankings will likely ensure that the Swiss maestro stays put in the top 10, unless one or more players gain a mountain of new points at multiple events. Even though Federer has played just one tournament in the last 13 months, he will be able to retain 50% of the points he earned in the middle of 2019 - his most prolific period by far.