While Rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic one step closer to overtake Roger Federer’s record, he is on the rehabilitation leave. Swiss has planned to make his comeback for next year’s Olympic. However, Dominic Thiem believes he can keep Federer as a number one in the Grand Slam record for some time.
Even though Nadal and Djokovic have to win one and three major titles to equal Federer’s record tally of 20 titles, the new champion hopes that he can stop them.
The US Open 2020 title winner said with a smile in a recent conversation with Blick, “I promise: I will do everything I can to keep Roger number 1!”
After winning maiden Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows, Dominic Thiem receives praise for his achievement from worldwide. 27-years-old responded when he was asked, are you Federer of Austria now?
Additionally, Thiem explained, “If someone were to say that, it would sound very good! The only thing that is the same about us is the one-handed backhand, I would say. No player can compare himself to Roger, he is absolutely unique. A much more elegant and aesthetic player than me. But he remains a great role model for all of us.”
“I’m Very Happy When Roger Is Back On Tour”- Dominic Thiem
Whereas Thiem has received a greeting from Roger Federer after winning the first Grand Slam, the Austrian is excited to see Swiss on the court as well.
Speaking about Federer’s humbleness and his down to earth character, Thiem continued, “He is also a huge role model in that. Incredibly friendly, personable, and personally very funny. Of course, I want to be like that, too, despite my success, to remain the person I always have been. When people say that about me, I am happy. Roger succeeded in doing just that.”
World number three also revealed his relationship with Federer and received a greeting after the US Open victory. Thiem said, “Yes, he congratulated me, wrote a long message, which made me very happy. We are also in regular contact. In the run-up to the US Open, we kept talking to each other on the phone, mainly because of the ATP stories. I’m very happy when Roger is back on tour. Everyone is like that.”