“Gap Is Narrowing”: Former World No.12 on Dominic Thiem Regularly Facing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic


Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev are the most formidable opponents of the ‘Big 3’, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in recent days.

The new witness is the Austrian and Russian’s victory against Spaniard and Serbian in their group stage matches and semifinals of the ATP World Finals 2020.

However, the former World No.12 and French tennis professional Paul-Henri Mathieu believes that Thiem and Medvedev’s frequent battle against ‘Big 3’ would increase their level of play.

In a recent conversation with Eurosport, Mathieu said, “The gap is narrowing. And the fact of regularly facing Djoko, Rafa and Roger, it allows Thiem, Medvedev and others, to raise their level of play. This is what the three did between them. elsewhere: they made each other progress.”

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“Dominic Thiem Regularly Beats ‘Big 3’ Gives More Hope”: Mathieu

The 27-years-old Austrian is the second player in the men’s tennis circuit follows Andy Murray to defeated the member of each ‘Big 3’ five times each.

World No.3 leads Roger Federer in the head 2 head 5-2 and against Rafael Nadal 6-9, against Novak Djokovic 5-7.

The 38-years-old Frenchman continued, “The fact that Dominic Thiem regularly beats Federer, Nadal and Djokovic gives more hope to those behinds. They say to themselves: ‘Why not us?’ And that’s why others succeed. It’s not because the three legends are less strong.” 

Moreover, Thiem won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open 2020 after three finals losses. In the championship match, Dominic beat one of his extremely toughest opponents Alexander Zverev in close five sets.

Mathieu added, “The fact of having won the US Open, it unlocked a lot of things for him. He has regularly beaten the best in his recent encounters. He even has a positive record against them in the last two years. And that does not lie. His average level of play is really high.”

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