Thiem, Zverev aiming to upset old guard at French Open

The old guard may still be winning the major trophies but the youngsters are creeping up on them.


Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka have dominated the Grand Slams since 2005. However, a couple of dark horses are hoping to spring a surprise at the French Open, which starts on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Alexander Zverev beat Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open last Sunday, while the 23-year-old Dominic Thiem also impressed in the tournament, defeating Nadal.

“I think that Rafa is the big favorite,” Thiem said on Friday. “Novak is coming, for sure behind him. And then Murray, you never know. He’s such a big player. He can also play amazing here.

“And after these three I think there are some players who can go very deep here who can make big surprises and to these players I count Sascha (Alexander Zverev) and myself.”

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