Dominic Thiem vs. Martin Klizan
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 17, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Monte Carlo Country Club
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Dominic Thiem and Martin Klizan meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Monte Carlo.
Dominic Thiem is coming off a first match exit in Miami, and while he’s had issues with his form this year, he found himself by winning the title in Indian Wells. Before that tournament, Thiem lost 11 of his last 15 matches and was an unforced error machine in majority of his performances. While he did win a title and his showing in Miami was probably a letdown effect from said title, it’s going to be interesting to see which Thiem we get in this tournament. The first few games will give us a good idea, and it’s probably best to tread lightly considering he has struggled more than not to start the season. Thiem has lost four of his last six matches on clay court.
Martin Klizan is coming off a straight sets win over Federico Delbonis that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Klizan won 85 percent of his first serve points and 43 percent of his second serve points. Klizan won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his six break points. Klizan has to be sharper with his second serve if he hopes to win this match, and he hopes to win back-to-back matches for the first time since Sofia back in February. Klizan has four career wins over top-10 players, but only one of those wins came in the last three years. Klizan has won seven of his last 10 matches on clay court.
These two have played five times and Klizan has won three of those matches. The most recent meeting was last year in St. Petersburg, a match Thiem won in straight sets. Klizan is 2-0 against Thiem on clay court. Three of the five matches were decided in three sets.
Klizan has enough success against Thiem to where he can get the job done here, which includes winning both matches on clay. However, I’m going to give Thiem the benefit of the doubt and say he’s back on track after winning Indian Wells. Clay court is where Thiem is most comfortable, and he finally broke out at this tournament last year when making the quarterfinals.
Thiem should win this match.