“It’s a disrespect to all of them,” Dominic Thiem says Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic all deserve the ‘GOAT’ tag

US Open 2020 champion, Dominic Thiem believes all Big Three members deserve the GOAT tag.


“It’s a disrespect to all of them,” Dominic Thiem says Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic all deserve the ‘GOAT’ tag

Dominic Thiem, Big Three

Dominic Thiem has not been in his best physical shape for the last couple of years. However, there are positive signs indicating a strong season for the Austrian. The 2020 US Open champion will compete at the Buenos Aires Open this week, where he faces Alex Molcan in a tricky first-round encounter.

Ahead of the clay court event, Dominic Thiem was asked to give his two cents on the GOAT race. The GOAT debate involving Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic has been one of the most debated topics in the tennis community over the past decade or so. However, the Austrian refused to pick his favorite among the three and stated that each of the Big Three players deserves the “GOAT” tag in some way or another.

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Dominic Thiem is only among a handful of players who have defeated Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer on multiple occasions. He has defeated Rafael Nadal on six occasions, with five wins over each of the fellow Big Three members. Moreover, Dominic Thiem claimed that he shares a great bond with all of them and admires them equally.

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“All three deserve it because they are unique,” Dominic Thiem on the GOAT Tag

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem believes that comparing the Big Three players is an insult to their legacies. The Austrian acknowledged the fact that the feats of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic might never be achieved again by any other player.

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“I have a great relationship with all of them, I get along very well with all three and I admire them all equally. All the time people talk about who is better than the other and it’s not really good. I don’t like to say that. I think it’s a disrespect to all of them, they’ve all done amazing things that probably no one else will ever do in their lifetime. There is not just one GOAT, all three deserve it because they are unique,” said the Austrian.

Dominic Thiem has not had the best start to the year, losing in the first round of the Australian Open 2023. The 2020 US Open champion was humbled by Andrey Rublev in straight sets. He was also knocked out in the first qualifying round of the Adelaide Open last month. The two-time French Open runner-up will look to get his campaign back on track on his preferred surface in Buenos Aires.

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