Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem in Vogue: The Next Generation of Men’s Tennis Has Arrived!
As much as I want Roger Federer to win every tournament he plays in until he retires, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem are two massively talented (and attractive!) young players who I am very glad to see are on the rise.
Both are in the top 10, are winning tournaments and beating such top players as Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Here is an excerpt from the Vogue.com</em> article on this pair:
It so happens Zverev (nicknamed “Sascha”) and Thiem, 23, are good friends. They share a language, have been known to road-trip between tournaments, and are prone to chummy posts on social media. So far Thiem has dominated their head-to-head record, 4–1, but every match has been tight, and the potential for a rivalry between them is tantalizing (Zverev is currently ranked 7th in the world, and Thiem is 8th). Like Federer and Nadal, Zverev and Thiem have contrasting styles. Zverev’s game is built on poise and balance, his forehand sweet and flat, while Thiem throws his body into every shot. They share a penchant for near-constant aggression. “I don’t think Zverev or Thiem are in awe of what they’re doing, and I think that’s a good thing,” says Brad Gilbert, Andre Agassi’s former coach and a current ESPN commentator. Sascha’s older brother, Mischa Zverev, himself a top-30 player, describes the two with a single word: “wild.”