After a painful defeat of 6-7 (1-7), 4-6, 3-6 against rival Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open men’s singles semifinals last month and just won Rafael Nadal after 3 sets in a friendly match Charity Fund in Cape Town (South Africa), Roger Federer has had trauma surgery and long-term leave.
Federer will pay special attention to Dominic Thiem. The 26-year-old Austrian surprised at the Australian Open recently when he defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) in Australian Open quarterfinals. In the final of the first Grand Slam this year, Thiem also caused defending champion Djokovic to undergo five extremely hard set to win him to the 8th coronation at Melbourne Park.
Recently at the Rio Open, the tournament that I had won in 2017, Thiem was determined to raise the championship cup to take over the position of the 3rd male tennis player in the world that Federer holds. However, he stopped in the quarterfinals and could not take the throne of Federer immediately.
Ahead of the Rio Open this year on February, the gap on the ATP chart between him and Federer is only 85 points. Commenting on the great opportunity to take the 3rd place in the world from Federer, Thiem said: “Of course, I’m happy that I’m in a high position in my career, but I really want to get the NoI.1. Although knowing it’s a challenge, but it’s also a nice goal for me to realize in the coming weeks. ”
Austrian tennis king even emphasized improving the position with the desire to surpass Federer so that for the first time to reach the top 3 of the ATP rankings is not his top goal in the near future. Instead, he wants to win his first Grand Slam title after losing all three to the finals at Roland Garros (2018, 2019) and the Australian Open (2020) under Nadal and Djokovic. Instead, I want to continue my performance like I played at the Australian Open. After that, something will be happened to my rankings. “
Although Federer cannot be overthrown, it will come soon in the coming weeks with Thiem due to the injury “Express Train” and long-term breaks. Achieving this goal, the Austrian is able to give his all to the first Grand Slam title of his career.