Dominic Thiem vs. Andy Murray
Friday, October 4, 2019 at 1:30 AM (National Tennis Center)
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Austrian tennis superstar Dominic Thiem has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP China Open in Beijing. At this stage of the tournament, Dominic Thiem is set to play against Andy Murray from the United Kingdom.
Andy Murray has had a good tournament and that is a huge positive for the Scot as he seems to be recovering well from his injury. Andy Murray defeated the number 8 seed in the opening round and continued his good form in the previous round where he defeated Cameron Norrie in 3 sets. It was a close match but Murray showed his class in the final set which he won 6-1. During the win, Andy Murray impressed with his receiving as he managed to win 43% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. Andy Murray has only just returned from injury and it is going to be a challenge for him to compete against Dominic Thiem.
Looking at Dominic Thiem, the Austrian superstar is the number 1 seed and he has looked very strong in this tournament. In the previous round, Thiem won in straight sets. It was a comfortable win for Dominic Thiem as he won 100% of his service games and 3 return games. The serving was especially impressive as Dominic Thiem hit 5 aces and won 82% of his service games. Andy Murray is always a tough opponent but considering his current form, Dominic Thiem will be confident.
Dominic Thiem and Andy Murray have played each other 3 times in the past. Murray has won on 2 occasions while Thiem has won once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 at ATP Barcelona where Dominic Thiem won in 3 sets.
At his best, Andy Murray was probably a stronger player but at the moment, Thiem looks much better. Dominic Thiem has been playing at a very high level and I don’t see Andy Murray having enough match fitness to play at the same intensity. I am predicting Dominic Thiem to win this match in straight sets.