Dominic Thiem vs. Jordan Thompson
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Dominic Thiem and Jordan Thompson meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Dominic Thiem is in downright awful form right now, as he’s lost 11 of his last 15 matches when you include four exhibition matches. In his last main tour match, which was in Brazil, Thiem had five double faults and was broken five times. Thiem did reach the semifinals in Argentina, which provide some glimmer of hope that he’s turning things around, but there’s a lot of losses that gives you a reason for concern. It all starts with the serve for Thiem, as I need to see that confidence back in his game to trust him moving forward. The player who turned heads at last years US Open hasn’t shown up lately. Thiem is 8-5 in career matches at Indian Wells. Thiem has lost six of his last seven matches on outdoor hard court.
Jordan Thompson is coming off a three sets win over Federico Delbonis that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Thompson won 59 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Thompson won 59 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 11 break points. Thompson must be sharper with his serve if he’s going to have a chance in this match, but he showed us his grit and competitive spirit in the victory. Thompson has a chance to win two matches in a single tournament for the third time in his last six tries. Thompson has one career win over a top-10 player, which was in the 2017 Queen's Club against Andy Murray. Thompson has split his last six matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played twice and Thiem won both meetings. The most recent match was in last years Davis Cup, a match Thiem won in three sets. The other match was in the 2017 Australian Open, a match Thiem won in four sets.
Thiem has had no trouble with Thompson in the past and is due for a breakout performance to snap out of this funk. Thompson has just one career win over top-10 players and hasn’t exactly played well on the biggest of stages. While the Aussie doesn’t go down easily, this is a favorable match for Thiem.
I’ll side with Thiem in straight sets.