Miami? Or Madrid? I am not aware of Thiem's special Miami exploits.Deserved of course, no doubt he's been Top3 in the last 52 weeks or so
2 Slam finals + IW > 1 Slam final + Miami
Rotterdam I think. I’ve been a fan since then.I still remember his breakthrough match against Andy Murray in some hardcourt I don't remember. He was super agressive back then, even more than now, but of course, also way more error prone. He's a Top 3 now, and soon to be a slam winner I hope.
He will do it in the timespan between Big 3's decline and before Next Gen rise.Anyways, he joins the likes of Wawrinka, del Potro, Cilic, Ferrer, Dimitrov, Zverev, Raonic, who made it No.3, but could not progress further. Let's see if can break into the Top 2, as the first player since Lleyton Hewitt (July, 2005) outside of Big 4 to be a Top 2 ranked player.
I'd rather take the opposite version: win a slam a miss the no1 rank.Happy for thiem, and with roger out till grass season he will stay top 3 for a while unless he gets injured, losses drastically form or medvedev or tsitsipas catches fire. He has a fighting chance for number 1, most likely he wont make it, but if he wins a few masters, defends his points in the french and improves massively in wimbledon- us open period he might be a slamless no.1.
What's actually more surreal is that Stan in his career I don't think has reached 7000 points in any week even as #3, despite how consistent he was in Slams having SFs in the same time and of course having 1 Slam title in his breakdown for most of 2014-2017.Absolutely deserved despite all those random losses against mediocre journeymen. In the past 52 weeks he has: 2 slam finals, 1 masters title, a WTF final, 3 500 titles, more than 7000 ranking points, a 7-3 record against the top 3, and a 12-6 record against the top 10. I don't have the exact numbers in my head anymore, but the likes of Zverev or Dimitrov didn't have anywhere near as many points when they became #3 iirc