As far as the first day is concerned, Thiem is the highest ranked player to be playing today. He is entering the match as a strong favourite amongst the two and a potential competitor to the likes of the top 4 in the title race.
Thiem and Tomic are clashing swords for only second time in their careers when they go head to head in round 1 of French Open 2017 with their previous encounter on the hard court of Acapulco in finals in 2016 where the Austrian won in 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 to lift the title. The match-up saw the Australian convey a hard fight to Thiem after making him toil for his win to the title.
After that both the contraries have seen themselves move on their respective paths until today, with Thiem making his World Tour Finals debut last season. The Austrian does seem to have a grasping grip on clay with his recent performances at Barcelona, Madrid and Rome to suffice the statement.
The Austrian was a runner-up at Barcelona and Madrid before surging a major upset in throttling the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal in straight sets to book a place in the semis of Italian Open. Thiem did put up an exemplary performance in beating Nadal and proving his dictator capabilities then. He eased past the Spaniard in a straight set win, 6-4, 6-3.
On the other hand, Tomic has so far had a horrendous play this season. If the stats are to be honoured, the Australian is on a run of dismay with 5 wins to 10 losses this year, only to end with a respectable 3-3 form on clay. The Australian has succumbed to his contraries rather cheaply on clay last season in 2016 managing just 1 win of the 6 matches played.
With this dreadful stats in the Australian’s bag, the match surely favours the in-form Austrian, Thiem who is entering the tie with an impressive run of form to boost his confidence and increase his hold on clay with a winning start.