‘It’s incredibly tough to win a Grand Slam against the best three players in history,’ says Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem thinks people underestimate how difficult it is to win Grand Slams in an era dominated by Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Thiem won his maiden Major at the 2020 US Open and in doing so, became only the fourth player (alongside Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, and Marin Cilic) to win a Grand Slam in ten years that wasn’t either Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.

All of the Big three are expected to play at the French Open at the end of this month and each have their own individual reasons to fight for the title.

For Nadal, a possible 14th Roland Garros title and a chance to take the lead in the Grand Slam race.

For Djokovic, the Roland Garros title will make him the first male player to win multiple singles titles at every Grand Slam and put him one major behind Nadal and Federer’s record of 20.

Meanwhile Federer is coming back to tennis from a long lay off due to injury and will be looking to get back to winning ways ahead of Wimbledon. He too could take the lead in the Grand Slam race if he wins.

Theim believes that people don’t understand how difficult it is to win the five set majors against the big three, but also believes that the younger players are now ready to compete.

“The Grand Slams are still dominated by the Big Three,” said Thiem.

“It’s way tougher to beat them, to win three sets against them, it’s way more difficult of course than to win two.

“That’s one of the big reasons. But we (younger players) have a lot of finals already in Grand Slam tournaments. I think in the near future it’s also going to happen that somebody else is going to win them.

“I also think a lot of people underestimate the time and the era we are playing in, with by far the three best players in the history of the game.

“I think it’s more than clear that it’s incredibly tough to win Grand Slam tournaments, having to beat two of them most of the time,” concluded Thiem.

The world number four starts his Rome Masters campaign on Wednesday against Marton Fucsovics and will be hoping to capitalise on his Madrid semi-final success.

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