- Novak Djokovic’s was eliminated early in this year’s US Open
- Dominic Thiem is expected to be one of the favorites to win this year’s Grand Slam
- It will be the first time since 2016 that someone outside the big three will win a major tournament
The absence of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer coupled with the unexpected disqualification of Novak Djokovic opens the opportunity for a new Grand Slam winner. After Dominic Thiem endured a straight-set duel against Felix Auger Aliassime, 7-6, 6-1, 6-1, the 27-year-old poses as a possible winner in this year’s major.
The last time a Grand Slam winner was crowned outside the big three of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer was back in 2016. The most recent straight-set victory of Thiem served as an indication of what he can do on the court. The manner of how he dictated the pace against Auger Aliassime proved