The ‘Big3’ Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have been ruling the men’s tennis world for over a decade. They have crossed age 30 but are still a nightmare in the next generation’s dreams. And while ‘Big 3’ postponed Dominic Thiem’s Grand Slam victory, Austrian won his first major title during the absence of them.
Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem twice at the French Open, on the other hand, he lost to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open earlier this year.
However, Thiem lifted his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open 2020. In the event final, Dominic bested Alexander Zverev after coming back from two sets down 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6). The tight five-set match ended after three hours and 42 minutes.
While Thiem and Zverev are good friends, they are one of the best rivals in the ATP Tours. In a recent interview, the US Open champion picked Alexander Zverev as one of the most formidable opponents followed by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Additionally, Thiem said, “For me, Sascha (Zverev) is the toughest opponent outside of the Big 3.”
“Difficulty Finding A Good Tactical Plan Against Him”: Dominic Thiem
World number three has met his best buddy ten times in the ATP tours. Moreover, he defeated Zverev on eight occasions, but it was not easy for Thiem to win a single game against him. Most of the matches went to until third or fifth set. Thiem continued, “Simply because the game is difficult for both of us; it’s extremely tough for me to play against him.”
“Simply because he serves so well because he returns so well and because I always have difficulty finding a good tactical plan against him, that’s why he’s the toughest opponent, even if the last few games were over for me. I already have a bit of jitter before the next matches. But of course, I’m also looking forward to it.”, Austrian concluded