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Zverev and Thiem described as the next Fedal

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The day I meet up with Zverev atWimbledon, he’s in a simple T-shirt, navy shorts, and dusty blue Adidas running shoes, his clean white socks folded around his thin ankles, a couple of gold strands flashing at his neck. On his wrist is a watch from Richard Mille, one of his sponsors; originally designed for Nadal, it retails for more than $700,000. People are betting big on Zverev.

He seems suited to it, carrying himself with the confidence of someone who has been on tour for many years. “I’ve been shadowing my brother since I was a little kid,” he says. “Maybe that helped me feel more comfortable with the big guys.” There is something almost princely about him—his six-foot-six height, the mop of burnished blond waves, the leonine eyes that seem to change color with the light, the long and loose limbs. Zverev moves with grace on the court, but he’s a little bit crazy, too—taking chances, smashing his racket when they don’t pay off. He’s had spectacular wins and humbling losses. “Every good tennis player has to have a short memory,” Zverev says. “Good or bad.”

Zverev grew up playing field hockey and soccer, and he is a huge Miami Heat fan—but since he decided to focus on tennis, his commitment has been total. (When a reporter for*The Timesof London asked him about a girlfriend, he grimaced and said he’s had bad luck: He claims that girls tend to blow him off.) He eats carefully. He goes to bed early and doesn’t drink. He travels with a physiotherapist and a personal trainer, Jez Green, who had previously transformed Andy Murray’s body into one of the fittest on tour. Last year, Zverev shut down his season early in order to have an extra-long (and extra-brutal) training period. His legs now show the hint of quadriceps.

Thiem, on the other hand, is already formidably built. In person he’s unassuming: full cheeks, unruly brown hair, a soft voice. “I’m a calm character,” he admits. And a focused one. At Wimbledon I watch him as he carries his match statistics from interview to interview—radio in Austria, television in Rio—studying them, frowning at his first-serve percentage.

In his spare time, Thiem likes reading Scandinavian crime novels, playing soccer, and following his favorite team, Chelsea. But his work ethic is the stuff of legend, so much so that he’s grown weary of disputing the mythical stories: fording rivers on training runs; carrying a tree trunk on his back. He also plays more matches, often in farther-flung places, than any of the other top players. “Last year it was maybe a little bit too much,” he admits. “I got tired.” While practicing at Wimbledon, he stays out in nearly 90-degree heat for over an hour, sprinting from one corner to another, whipping his distinctive one-handed backstroke down the line. Every second is deadly serious except one when he playfully tries to catch a high lob with his foot.

Zverev and Thiem exited Wimbledon in the Fourth Round, each losing in five sets. No matter. Time and talent are on their side—and so is their hunger. After his Wimbledon loss (to last year’s finalist Milos Raonic), Zverev was fuming. Asked if he felt he should have won the match, he answered simply, “Yeah.”

Tennis needs them. Federer is 36; Nadal has had serious struggles with injuries; Djokovic and Murray have been ailing all year. The Big Four’s stranglehold on the top can’t last forever—and they know it. After losing to Thiem in Rome, Nadal told reporters that the Austrian could win the French Open. “Hopefully not this year,” he added. But maybe soon.
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Re: Zverev and Thiem described as the next Fedal

They're not the next Nole, that's for sure.
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They look like gays on the photo.

But the comparison is good. Thiem will be dominating clay and Zverev everything else.
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Zverev can be an all-time great, no doubt about it.
Thiem needs to believe in himself more because he has the game to be successful anywhere.
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These guys look like '80s hunks. Unfortunately, neither has the innate talent to rise to Fedal's stature, but they could very well have a nice rivalry, especially on clay and grass.
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I think it's massively exaggerated, but we'll see...
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I think they are not, described as the next Fedal.
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Re: Zverev and Thiem described as the next Fedal

I wouldn't say they're the next Fedal. I can't see them amassing 34 Slams nor performing the out of this world clashes Rafa and Roger had. But both of them are so good for the future of this sport. Extremely talented, humble and hardworking kids. Hopefully Nick can join them there. I forsee careers far superior to the GenU's for these guys.

What I will say though, is that Dominic looks beyond hot in that picture.
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Re: Zverev and Thiem described as the next Fedal

I think of Federer 05, when he was Thiem´s age, being crushed by a way past peak 35-year-old Ferrer and I say; nah...

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Thiem's style for that cover shoot
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Hope this pisses off Kyrgios and inspires him
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Why can't they just be Zverev and Thiem?
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Zverev's game is very annoying. I hope Kyrgios to motive himself and become an all-time great, putting the Great War allies on the ground.

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