Much has been said about domination, the tyranny imposed by the Big 3 for decades, in which a few managed to sneak in to reap major tournaments and only one was able to achieve the necessary regularity to put them in check, even at the ATP ranking level, as is Andy Murray. The enormous progression that it has been displaying for many years Dominic Thiem they place him as the great favorite to take the glory of men’s tennis soon. The Austrian is now 27 years old and in 2020 he made a huge qualitative leap by winning the 2020 US Open, but there is a pending issue that all the candidate players to overthrow the greats drag: get into the top-2 of the ATP ranking.
Since July 25, 2005, these two positions have always been held by two of the following players: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic O Andy Murray. There has not even been a week that any player was able to elevate their defiance of established power to a higher status, calling into question their dominance at the qualifying level. Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer O Juan Martin del Potro They have been some of the closest, reaching the third level of the world list, but they could never take a step for which Dominic Thiem seems ready for this new year.
And is that Dominic is 725 points behind Rafa, a considerable distance but, by no means insurmountable, which if he could cut it would represent a qualitative leap for him. July 18, 2005 was the last time a different name was seen among the top two in the world, with that honor going to Lleyton Hewitt. A week later the Australian was displaced from that position by Rafael Nadal, whose performance on the clay court tour of that season began to bear fruit. So much so that since that week, only Djokovic and Murray were able to serve and alternate with Swiss and Spanish at the top of the ranking ATP.
Dominic Thiem can score a lot of points at the 2021 ATP Cup
Although it is true that Thiem does not have it easy to get past Rafael Nadal in the first part of the season, having very little margin of profit in points at the Australian Open 2021, where he was a finalist last year, he could get closer if he set a good ATP Cup 2021. And it is that in the last edition, the Austrian only won one match of the three disputed, for the four victories harvested by the Balearic in the six games he played. In any case, it is clear that it is a very exciting purpose to end a streak that seems eternal, but that at some point will have to end. Dominic Thiem It seems the one for it.