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‘That speaks to the greatness of Roger Federer,’ says former No.1

Having reached the pinnacle of his career in 2020 with victory in his first career Grand Slam at the US Open, a wrist injury and an almost endless series of related issues sucked Dominic Thiem into a negative maelstrom from which he ultimately It came out a few months ago.

Until then, the Austrian had managed to climb to the third position in the ATP ranking and was capable of competing even with the ‘sacred monsters’ of tennis such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray.

Precisely in relation to the so-called ‘Fab Four’, Thiem revealed to the Tennis Channel the most embarrassing moment he experienced in a locker room. The 29-year-old from Wiener Neustadt candidly stated that he shared the same spot with his famous colleagues: “It must be the first time I’m in the same dressing room with Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy, you know, I mean you see these guys when you’re only 10 years old on TV and then you’re next to them in the locker room and they don’t know what to say.

You’re like, ‘Oh! Who is that?’ I mean, I didn’t even know those guys were real. So it’s quite embarrassing, not for them, but for me”, said Dominic Thiem. After a decidedly disappointing start to the season in terms of results, Dominic Thiem put himself in order and week after week climbed the ranks again.

In recent statements to Tennis Head, one of his coaches, Jez Green, assured that the real Thiem will return soon: “Dominic has already been at the top and working with him is a very interesting project. His situation in terms of physical fitness is very funny: his previous coach was very old school and didn’t take much care of that aspect, since my arrival things have changed.

We’ve improved his program and he’s doing things he’s never done before.”

Federer left a big mark

Novak Djokovic showered more praise on his great rival Roger Federer. “His imprint of him, his legacy, the mark that he left will live forever,” said Novak Djokovic when asked about Federer during a conversation with Prakash Amritraj.

“Even now in retirement, his legacy will be there for many decades and generations to come. Not only has he accomplished a lot on the court, but he has inspired many young players to take a racket in their hands.”

You have so many top players now talking about it, Roger was his idol. That’s great, that speaks to the greatness of him.”

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