When asked if Carlos Alcaraz would shatter all the Grand Slam records, 2020 US Open winner Dominic Thiem made the unflattering prediction that it is difficult to foresee the future of tennis. Alcaraz, 19, won the US Open this past year and therefore earned the title of Grand Slam winner.
Currently, some believe Alcaraz has a chance to surpass the Grand Slam achievements of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. “Even five years ago, no one was aware of his impending rise. In a Q&A session for the Rennes Challenger, Thiem stated that nobody knows which players would still be around in five years.
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At the French Open, Thiem advanced to his first two Grand Slam finals, but his first and only Grand Slam victory came at the US Open two years ago.
The Rennes Challenger questioned Thiem about how much he would enjoy playing year-round on clay. “False. I definitely adore clay. Although I grew up playing it, Thiem said, “If it were to be play all year on clay, I wouldn’t have ever won a Masters or a Grand Slam.”
Thiem almost missed winning Rennes.
Thiem came so close to winning his first championship since the US Open in 2020 last week. Thiem had no chance against Ugo Humbert in the Rennes final as the Frenchman crushed the Austrian 6-3, 6-0.
“I did not do well yesterday, but it was a nice week,” I said. It feels wonderful that my shoots are regaining their previous power. It’s time to become more stable and accustomed to playing lengthy, intense matches consecutively, Thiem said on Twitter.
Congratulations on a terrific week, @HumbertUgo! You are a great player! The week I spent in Rennes was enjoyable. It’s a beautiful city! I’ll see everyone in Metz. After returning to tennis in late March, Thiem, who is currently ranked 182 in the world, is still looking for his best form.