Former World No. 1 Stefan Edberg says he thinks Dominic Thiem is most likely to win a Grand Slam title on the men's side after the Big Three and that he will win Roland Garros if Rafael Nadal is not there. Nadal has won the French Open a record 12 times in his career so far.
Stefan Edberg says if Rafael Nadal is not there, Dominic Thiem will win Roland Garros one day
Speaking on the Eurosport vodcast 'Tennis Legends' with Mats Wilander, Edberg was asked which player is closest to overcoming the Big Three – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. "I think Dominic Thiem. He showed that he could have won the Australian Open this year very easily. It was a great opportunity for him. If Rafa is not there, he will win Roland Garros one day. He is probably the closest today, I'd say. At the same time, Zverev has shown a lot of potential, he's lost his track a little bit.. but it doesn't take much to get back on the right track again. Tsitsipas has shown something … He's definitely also knocking on the door. I can probably add some more. But Thiem, I'd say for the moment.
The Swede says he doubts a teenager can win a Grand Slam in today's age because of the experience required. "I don't think that will happen today because the game has progressed and is so different that everyone is more trained, has more experience and takes longer to enter the Tour. Therefore, it is a different environment."
The last teenager to win a major was Russia's Maria Sharapova, who was 19 when she won the 2006 US Open. The last teenager on the men’s side was Rafael Nadal, who actually turned 19 during his run to the 2005 French Open title.
Austria's Dominic Thiem is ranked a career-high No. 3 in the world rankings. He has won 16 ATP Tour singles titles and reached three Grand Slam finals in his career so far. Thiem reached the finals of the 2018 and 2019 French Open, losing to Rafael Nadal on both occasions, and the 2020 Australian Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. Stefan Edberg is a former world No. 1 and won six Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam men's doubles titles between 1985 and 1996.