Dominic Thiem secured his passage into the semi-finals after beating both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in his opening matches in London, which was unaffected by his defeat at the hands of Matteo Berrettini.
The 26-year-old, has lost two Grand Slam finals in the last two years, but Thomas Muster his countryman to taste glory.
Muster remains the only Austrian to have won a Grand Slam title having claimed the 1995 French Open title, but he is expecting that to change soon.
He said: “It’s only a question of time until Thiem wins a Grand Slam and is world No.1.
“I have seen him play this week, I have seen him the last few weeks.
“I have seen improvements – the way he is playing the game is heading north.
“We know the top three, what they have achieved and all the respect to them.
“But age in sports is always a factor that we have to calculate in.”
Muster is sure that the dominance of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will eventually come to an end, giving players like Thiem a better chance to win the major titles.
He added: “He has beaten the top three – he knows he can do that in matches.
“I am just saying it is the consistency he needs to be world No.1.
“So it is time for Dominic to start winning 1000 events and winning Grand Slams to be No.1 which with his talent and spirit and focus is what he wants to be. The competition is great but Dominic is a guy who has every shot in the world.”
Muster is set to captain Austria at the upcoming ATP Cup in the new year, and has also hinted that he would like to join Thiem’s coaching team.
He added: ”Nothing is fixed, there is no yes or no
“It is more about defining what role I could play and for how many weeks.”
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