French Open 2017 QF: Novak Djokovic Vs Dominic Thiem

Novak Djokovic Vs Dominic Thiem

One of the most anticipated Quarter Final clashes at Roland Garros takes place today in Novak Djokovic Vs Dominic Thiem.

After all the ups and downs, the Serbian, Novak Djokovic, with luck in his pocket, has finally made it to the quarter-finals in his defending campaign of the French Open 2017. Djokovic is all set to tussle in his toughest match uptil date in French Open 2017, against Dominic Thiem in hopes to trying out his luck one more time to cement a place in the top 4 of the campaign.

Novak DjokovicThe Nole is coming off a straight sets win over Alber Ramos Vinolas after taking almost 29 games to out-number the Spaniard. The Serb started off well averaging 72% first serve points in the tie that was seemingly the cleanest of all the matches he has played on the French dirt in 2017 campaign. With 30 unforced errors, Djokovic had some hiccups in the final set but exhibited his pro qualities to overcome his opponent. Djokovic has now won 8 games of the last 9 played by him on clay. The Serb has interestingly failed to succumb to his hindrances in all the Grand Slam quarter finals he has played since Australian Open 2016.

The Serb is though yet in search of stability after a hard fight against Diego Schwartzman, nearly bleeding the World No.2 for his place in the quarters. Djokovic survived somehow and muddled his way through a 7-5 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-1 win to enter the quarters with a lot of critics to silent. Such a rough win for the Serb has certainly casted doubts over his new relationship with coach Andre Agassi, with rumours occupying the rumour mill about a potential crack in the Djoko-Agassi tie up.

To increase the pressure on the Nole, up next is the Austrian Dominic Thiem who has had a decent year so far bearing in mind his recent performances at Rome after triumphing over the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3, surging the major upset of the year. Speaking of the French Open, Thiem is coming off a straight sets win over Horacio Zeballos that took him a mere 23 games to decide his fate. Averaging an applaudable 92% first serve points won, Thiem totally outclassed his previous opponent, knocking him out in an embarassing manner. Thiem’s run on the French clay is appraisable this season with the Austrian yet to succumb in any of the sets he has played rising the winning toll to 16 of his last 18 sets. To bolster his confidence further are his stats that house the record of being broken just thrice in the tournament so far. Those stats are cummulatively strong enough to overpower the Serb’s poor display of performances, potentially creating a fear of his opponent in his mind.

Dominic Thiem hits a backhandThough to ease the adversities for the World No.2 is his triumphing history over Thiem. The pair has played each other five times, all ending up with Djokovic winning a majority of the bout in straight sets. The Austrian has just managed to bag just 1 set to his name against his counter-part. Their lsat meeting ended up in a rather cheap win for Djokovic that saw Thiem capitulating without putting in his best. Djokovic won Thiem in that day in the semis of Rome Masters after embarassing him in a 6-1 6-0 win.

The prediction for this match is a tough call to ask for as Thiem is playing a consistent and his best plays recently after his defeat at the hands of Nole in Italy. To balance the scale is Djokovic’s history against Thiem but squaring it out is his headlining instability of play. The match is surely heading towards being in an epic brawl between the two beasts as Thiem gears up for his long waited revenge on Djokovic who continues his search of form and stability with an aim for successful title defense.

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