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'Dominic Thiem has already broken through, and there are more to follow,' says Kevin Anderson

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Dominic Thiem has broken into the top level of men's tennis this year, and there are more ready to follow in his footsteps, says Kevin Anderson. 

Anderson has dropped to number 74 in the world this year, but that is due to a serious injury. At his best, he is still one of the most highly regarded players on the Tour.

However, despite reaching two Grand Slam finals, he never truly managed to force himself into the picture as a genuine rival for the big three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

Andy Murray is perhaps the only player to have ever achieved that, but Anderson thinks all that is about to change with the richly talented and much-talked-about Next Gen primed to peak.

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"The new generation is coming up and really establishing themselves," Anderson said.

"We saw Dominic Thiem break through at the US Open. He is younger, [although] I wouldn't say he is a young player. But there is an exciting batch of younger players.

"There is a pretty interesting balance now between the young group of players and those who have been on the tour for a number of years."

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