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'Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are global superstars - we are not,' admits Dominic Thiem

'Give us time,' says Austrian after US Open viewing figures hit.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Dominic Thiem admits that tennis may have to endure a smaller audience share without Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal.

Television viewing figures from the US Open - which Thiem won - were significantly down on recent years, and it has generally been put down to the absence of the 'big three'.

Roger Federer was injured, Rafael Nadal decided not to travel due to coronavirus concerns, and Novak Djokovic was disqualified in the first week.

But, when asked about the figures, Thiem said it was 'normal,' but warned against believing the younger players don't have the potential to emulate the greats.

"I think it's normal, because Federer, Djokovic, Nadal... they are global superstars and we are not yet," Thiem said. "I guess we have to build it up like they did.

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"I think there is a chance to do it, but it comes automatically with a lot of success. That's our challenge to do.

"But I think that we are not going to have a problem, because for me, like the new generation, or also my generation, they are super-good characters, interesting characters. [There is] a lot of star potential there.

"The only thing that we are missing is the huge success.

"But I guess that there are less viewers or less interest if Roger, Rafa, and Novak are not there much."

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