During an interview, former Swedish champion and Roger Federer's coach, Stefan Edberg, made interesting statements about tennis of today and of the past. Edberg highlighted Dominic Thiem's great progress in recent times.
According to the Swede, the Austrian champion may be the first to dethrone the Big Three from triumphs in tournaments in the Grand Slam events, particularly at the Roland Garros. Here are some words from Edberg: "Thiem is a genius and I have no doubt that he is the closest tennis player to Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
From the beginning he has shown that he can truly win a Grand Slam tournament. In Australia he put Djokovic on the ropes and he showed that he can fight on par with any tennis player in the world. Without Nadal at the Roland Garros, I think he would have won a Grand Slam for some time.
On clay-courts he manages to give his best and we will see how the situation will evolve in the next editions." In addition to Thiem, Edberg has also used words of praise for Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, two of the most talented young tennis players around.
Edberg's opinion on the Big Three and the best final in history
About the Big Three, the former Swedish champion said: "In the past ten or twelve years there have been 3 or at most 4 tennis players who have dominated the ATP Tour.
In the end, however, the Grand Slams are always for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and apparently I don't know when this thing can change in the short term. It's nice to see their rivalry, but I think it would be more nice to see a young tennis player break their dominance."
The best final in history? I think the 2019 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic is the best match I've ever seen, because in that game there was an incredible level of tennis. I'm very sorry for Roger who wasted two match points, and he was at a point from a new Slam title, but Djokovic was also superb.
I prefer that match to other great finals played by Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal or to some of Bjorn Borg's past wins on John McEnroe," said Stefan Edberg.