Thiem, Zverev still have long way to go
Dominic Thiem, the highest-ranked men’s player without a Grand Slam title, begins his push to the US Open this week, knowing the gap to the game’s elite remains large.
The 23-year-old Austrian, ranked a career-high No 7, and 20-year-old German Alexander Zverev, who reached a career-best No 8 on Monday, are the top-ranked players at the Citi Open in Baltimore, Maryland.
“We still have to win a lot of matches to deserve to be called the next big things in tennis,” Thiem said on Monday. “It’s nice to hear that, but I think it’s still a pretty long ways for both of us.”