The World No.2, is the lone representative of the top 5 left after shock defeats of Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic would consider himself a bit unucky having to play a high stakes match hours after completing a dominant victory, impeded heavily by rain, over the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 6-4. Djokovic can be safely considered to be favourite for the tournament, after Nadal was sent packing in the biggest shock of the tournament.
Thiem on the other hand, would like to hunt another big fish after a display of outstanding tennis against the seemingly invincible Nadal, winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Ranked No. 7 on the ATP Charts, Thiem would like to advance as far as possible after a disappointing loss against Nadal in the final at Barcelona, after a gritty battle. Thiem would be full of confidence, having defeated Murray and Nadal on clay this season.
Djokovic and Thiem have faced off 4 times in their careers with Djokovic stamping his authority on all four occasions. Their last meeting was in the Semi Finals of the French Open last year, which Djokovic won rather easily 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. This was their only meeting on clay.
With a 4-0 head to head record, Djokovic will put a confident foot into the match against the Austrian, beaming with confidence after a colossal victory against Nadal. It is going to be one heck of a match.