Gilles Simon vs Dominic Thiem
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 31, 2018, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
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Gilles Simon will play Dominic Thiem in the second round of the 2018 ATP Paris Masters.
Dominic Thiem had a disappointing Vienna Open campaign where he failed to make it past the quarterfinals in his hometown. While it was not an ideal result for the Austrian, Thiem has still been playing exceptional tennis in recent times. Thiem had made it into the quarterfinals or further in 75% of the tournaments he has played since the start of the US Open. During this period, Dominic Thiem also won his 11th ATP title as he won the St Petersburg Open in Russia. This will be the fifth time Dominic Thiem is playing at the Paris Masters which will aid the Austrian as he should have a good understanding of this venue.
On the other side of the coin, Gilles Simon enters this match having won his opening round match in straight sets. It was a dominant win for Simon as he won 3 breakpoints to secure a comfortable win. Simon has been in good form as he has made the quarterfinals of his last two tournaments. Furthermore, Simon also won the ATP Moselle Open a few weeks ago. Having said all that, this is expected to be a very tough match for Simon as his opponent is ranked among the top 10 players in the world.
Gilles Simon and Dominic Thiem have played 9 times in the past. Thiem has the better head-to-head record which currently stands at 7-2. The most recent match between these two players was the ATP Lyon earlier in the year where Thiem won. Gilles Simon last beat Dominic Thiem in 2014 at the Rogers Cup.
All in all, I am going to pick Dominic Thiem to win this match. Thiem has been playing very well recently. When comparing these two players, Thiem is much higher ranked and has been achieved much more recently. With his confidence high after winning the St Petersburg Open, I see Dominic Thiem continuing his strong run of form by winning this match and making the third round of the tournament.