Dominic Thiem cannot defend his US Open title this week, however has a transparent view on prime US Open contenders.
The 2020 US Open champion, who was pressured to drag the plug on his season after struggling a proper wrist damage, appeared as visitor analyst on Tennis Channel’s TC Dwell earlier than first ball was struck on the US Open right this moment.
Thiem tabs world No. 1 Novak Djokovic because the clear favourite to win his fourth US Open crown, full the calendar Grand Slam and gather his report twenty first Grand Slam title.
“[Novak is] beneath a lot strain however he’s proven so many occasions beforethat if there’s a giant probability, he barely misses it,” Thiem instructed Tennis Channel’s Lindsay Davenport, Jon Wertheim and Steve Weissman. “So he’s undoubtedly the largest favourite for the title. I assume behind him there are three gamers—Zverev, Tsitsipas and Medvedev—who’re enjoying superb, who’re on fireplace. Particularly Sascha with the Olympic gold medal and title in Cincinnati. They will beat him on any given day, I assume.
“Nonetheless, he is one stage greater than the remainder of us—or the remainder of him—if I must guess, I might guess on him.”
If the world No. 1 falters, Thiem cites 2019 US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev as the person probably to interrupt by and win a maiden main.
“Medvedev as a result of he has just a little benefit, he performed two Slam finals,” Thiem instructed Tennis Channel. “I can converse for myself: Every Slam closing even for those who lose it, it’s very arduous, however it’s nonetheless such a giant expertise and such an vital expertise. It’s gonna enable you to within the subsequent one.
“The opposite two, Stefanos and Sascha, they performed one Grand Slam closing so it’s just a little little bit of a bonus Daniil has.”
Two-time Roland Garros runner-up Thiem selects Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz as his US Open darkish horse.
“Carlos Alcaraz nonetheless so younger and I really like his recreation fashion although he has an excellent powerful first spherical towards Cam Norrie,” Thiem stated.
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