US Open 2020 champion Dominic Thiem has revealed that Roger Federer called him to congratulate for his maiden Grandslam title. Thiem promised that he will protect Federer‘s legacy of winning 20 Grand slams.
Federer has won a total of 20 majors in his career. Just behind him are Rafael Nadal with 19 majors and Novak Djokovic with 17 of them.
Federer has been out of action after playing the Australian Open 2020 struggling with his knee injury. He is expected to make a return to tennis in 2021 after a successful surgery.
Roger finds an ally in Thiem to protect his record
Dominic Thiem has been one of the most consistent players on the tour since the past few years. He finally got his own share of glory after he won his first major at the US Open this year.
Thiem said in an interview to Blick that he received a call from Roger after his US Open victory and he would do everything he could in order to protect Roger’s record of 20 slams.
Thiem told Blick, “Roger Federer congratulated me on my US Open win, I promise, I will do everything so that Roger remains number one (smiling). No other player can be compared to Roger, he‘s one of a kind, a much more aesthetic and elegant player than I am.”
Rafael Nadal is the favourite to win the French Open this year and claim his 20th slam equaling Roger’s record. The Austrian would be hoping to stop the Spaniard from winning his 13th French Open title and avenge his loss against Nadal in the finals of the 2018 and 2019 French Open.
Thiem is one of the top players on tour and certainly has the capability of challenging Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the coming years. Thiem would be relieved after winning his first major and would certainly be hungry for more Grandslam titles.