Austrian tennis superstar, Dominic Thiem has made it into the final of the 2019 ATP Barcelona Open in Spain. Thiem will compete against Daniil Medvedev from Russia for the title.
Daniil Medvedev enters this match having beaten Kei Nishikori in the previous round. It was a close match that lasted 3 sets but Daniil Medvedev held his nerve to win the overall contest. During the win, Medvedev served exceptionally well as the Russian superstar won 66% of his service points. Medvedev won 87% of his service games and 19% of his return games to ensure passage into the final. This will be a very tough match for Daniil Medvedev since he is playing against an opponent who is exceptional on clay.
On the other side of the coin, Dominic Thiem had a massive win as he defeated Rafael Nadal in straight sets. It was an emphatic win for Thiem as he won all of his service games while breaking Rafa’s serve on 2 occasions. It was a big win for Dominic Thiem as the Austrian had a very poor record against Nadal prior to the match. Thiem looks very dangerous and it is clear that the Austrian is an incredible clay court player. Thiem made the final of this event in 2017 and the Austrian will be desperate to win the title this time around.
Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2018 where Dominic Thiem won in 3 sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Dominic Thiem to win this match. Both Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem are tremendous players but the conditions are set to favour the Austrian. Thiem has a phenomenal record on clay and I see him winning the ATP Barcelona title.