Austrian tennis superstar, Dominic Thiem has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Barcelona Open in Spain. At this stage of the tournament, Dominic Thiem will play against Jaume Munar from Spain.
Jaume Munar had a solid win in the previous round as he beat Frances Tiafoe from the United States in straight sets. During the win, Jaume Munar received serve exceptionally well as the Spaniard won 48% of his receiving points. Jaume Munar won 45% of his return games and 80% of his service games to set up a comfortable victory. This will be a significantly tougher match for Jaume Munar as he is playing against the number 3 seed.
On the other side of the court, Dominic Thiem also won his previous match in straight sets as he defeated Diego Schwartzman from Argentina. Dominic Thiem dominated during his receiving games as the Austrian won 56% of his receiving points while resulted in him winning 67% of his return games. Thiem also won 67% of his service games to ensure he won the overall match. Dominic Thiem has a very good record at this venue and he has shown that by finishing second at the Barcelona Open in 2017. Thiem is a terrific clay court player and that should give him a huge advantage in this match.
Dominic Thiem and Jaume Munar have played once in the past. The match was played at this event in 2018 where Dominic Thiem won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Dominic Thiem to win this match. Dominic Thiem is the better player and the Austrian has a terrific record at this venue. Dominic Thiem beat Jaume Munar in the ATP Barcelona Open last season and I see the same thing happening this season.