Thiem, Zverev still have long way to go

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

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.”

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