Francesco Cina, the former coach of Italian tennis player Roberta Vinci and a former player himself, says that Austria's Dominic Thiem has the ability to overtake the Big Three in men's tennis and become the World No. 1 in the future.
Thiem is the most successful among the players in his generation - having reached three Grand Slam singles finals - the 2018 and 2019 French Open finals, where he lost to Rafael Nadal, of Spain, - and the 2020 Australian Open final where he lost to World No.
1 Novak Djokovic in five sets.
Former coach of Roberta Vinci, says Dominic Thiem can become World No. 1 in the future
In a recent interview with Ubitennis, Cina, who reached the Top 500 in singles & doubles himself in 1995, spoke about the next generation of players after the Big Three - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - “The problem is difficult as Djokovic, Nadal and Federer were incredible and they are always going to be doing something truly exceptional.
Today the most obvious name is Thiem. He is the most obvious why? He is the one who has already played three final Slams." Cina says the Austrian has the mentality to become World No. 1 and he is the most ready when it comes to the Next Generation of players.
"On a mental level I think he is the most ready one and then one may or may not like his game. Technically it is not as great as the Big Three or other young players like Tsitsipas or Shapovalov. But I think that if I had to say one name today I would say Thiem, yes." Dominic Thiem is currently ranked No.
3 in the world in singles. With World no. 2 Rafael Nadal, who won the US Open title last year, and World No. 4 Roger Federer not competing this year at the US Open, Thiem will be seeded second at the tournament behind World No.
1 Novak Djokovic and will be among the favourites for the event. Rafael Nadal has decided not to play the tournament due to concerns about travelling to New York given the current health situation while Roger Federer is recuperating from a knee injury for which he underwent two surgical procedures earlier this year.
Federer has said he will not compete again in 2020. Dominic Thiem will also compete at the Western & Southern Open, which is being played at the US Open grounds this year, and begins on 20th August.