Dominic Thiem is confident that 'Big Three' will be shot down in Slams
SYDNEY: world number four Dominic Thiem On Thursday he expressed confidence that a new Grand Slam champion will be crowned in 2020 out of the big three Novak Djokovic , Rafael Nadal & Roger Federer .
While the Austrian, the German Alexander Zverev, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas & others have had success at lesser tournaments, the big guns continue to dominate the majors.
Thiem, in Sydney for the inaugural event of the ATP Cup team, is one of the men proposed to achieve the breakthrough, with the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open , just a few weeks away in Melbourne.
He said the younger players were getting closer.
"I think we challenged them already a lot. We also beat them especially on Masters 1000 stages & the ATP Finals," said Thiem, who was runner-up to Tsitsipas at the ATP Finals in London in November.
"I think the last stage we have to conquer is the Grand Slam stage, & I really think we'll see a new Grand Slam champion in 2020.
I really hope it's me, but you can't guarantee anything. There are also many other very strong boys who can achieve that.
"Maybe it's also not happening & Big Three are taking all four," he added. "But we are trying everything to achieve top position, to achieve the biggest titles, Grand Slam titles."
Thiem, 26, won five titles last year at Indian Wells, Barcelona, Kitzbuhel, Beijing & Vienna, but he had a mixed time at the majors, falling at the first hurdle at Wimbledon & the US Open & in the second round in Australia.
However, he reached the final in Roland Garros, only to be defeated by the clay king Nadal.
I was very happy with how my game developed, especially in the last part of the season in 2019, he said.
"So I just tried to improve that, to practise & keep improving the things which were going well & then add some new things to my game.
I will try my best this year.