Dominic Thiem continues his journey of recovery after the long ordeal that kept him in the box for more than a year. The Austrian, knocked out by Cilic in Tel Aviv and now taking part in the home tournament in Vienna, elated young stars such as Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and Frances Tiafoewho he says have taken tennis to the next level.
Thiem explained: “Players like Alcaraz, Sinner or Tiafoe have changed tennis. They play very fast and have taken the sport to a new level.” The Austrian then launches a provocation citing the Big-3 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic“Compared to them, the Big-3 were almost defensive or cautious.
This change certainly affects the other players, who have to be able to change their game pattern a bit each time they play against them.”
Sinner: ‘Federer? What a shame not to have faced him’
Jannik Sinner is now widely regarded as one of the Tour’s most talented players.
The Italian, along with Carlos Alcaraz, is seen as one of the eligible candidates to take over the glorious legacy of the Big-3, the three athletes who have made sporting history recently. Sinner’s year 2022 has had alternating phases, but now the Italian number 1 wants to confirm himself in the Sofia tournament, clearly his favorite tournament which has seen him triumph for two consecutive editions.
Jannik has played a flawless tournament so far and reached the semi-finals of the tournament. Now, on his way, the two most important obstacles are ready and in the penultimate act the Dane Holger Rune awaits him. During the press conference, Jannik answered on many topics, from Roger Federer’s retirement to Italy’s Davis Cup possibilities.
Here are his words: “Roger Federer’s retirement? He’s a tennis player I’ve never faced, I’m sorry he retired from tennis and that’s something I don’t think about. J saw his last match and it was a very emotional thing.
There were all the tennis players with whom he shared his career, his coaches and his family. It was a moving farewell for him and for so many who witnessed it. In the end, when I entered the circuit, he was already stopped because of physical problems and I never had the chance to face him. It would have been nice to challenge him at least once, it was a real shame.”