KEY POINTS

  • Dominic Thiem is confident that the Big 3 will be beaten in the Majors this year
  • The Big 3 dominated the Grand Slam tourneys for a long time now
  • Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will have a great run this year

Dominic Thiem is already serving some dauntless forecast at the start of the new year. The world No. 4 ranked tennis player put his gutsy stand across by claiming that the big three’s time of domination in the Grand Slam tournaments has already reached the vertex, confident that a new wave of future tennis stars will be out to dethrone them from their Majors post.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have been walking all over the Grand Slam tourneys since time immemorial, including a stretch since 2017 where the three simply took turns in chasing one Majors title after another.

But for the Austrian rising star, the reign of supremacy is up for these greats of the sport. He implicitly expressed that the decent competition the younger guns pulled off against the three in the other tournaments was already a warning sign that an ouster plot is already due for execution.

“I think we challenged them already a lot. We also beat them especially on Masters 1000 stages and the ATP Finals,” said Thiem who is in Sydney for the inaugural ATP Cup team event. “I think the last stage we have to conquer is the Grand Slam stage, and I really think we’ll see a new Grand Slam champion in 2020,” the 26-year-old continued. “I really hope that it’s me, but you cannot guarantee anything. There are also many other very strong guys who can achieve that. But we are trying everything to achieve top position, to achieve the biggest titles, Grand Slam titles.”

Dominic Thiem is one of the early favorites to win the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, which happens in just a couple of weeks. Apart from him, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas are also projected to have a great run this year.

Thiem feels like the setbacks he faced in all four Majors last year were destined to set him up for success this time around. “I was really happy how my game developed, especially in the last part of the season in 2019,” he said. “So I just tried to improve that, to practice and keep improving the things which were going well and then add some new things to my game. I’ll try everything to do my best this year.”

Dominic Thiem beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his first ATP Finals title Dominic Thiem beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his first ATP Finals title Photo: AFP / Glyn KIRK