Dominic Thiem vs. Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Friday June 7, 2019, 8:50 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic meet in the semifinal of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Dominic Thiem is coming off a straight sets win over Karen Khachanov that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Thiem won 80 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Thiem won 74 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his eight break points. Thiem got 63 percent of his first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point. Thiem has won each of his last eight sets and has been broken once in his last two matches. Thiem seems to be getting stronger as the tournament plays out, which should give him increased confidence. Thiem looks to make his second career grand slam final appearance and back-to-back final appearances in the French Open. Thiem is 1-2 in grand slam semifinal matches. Thiem has won 13 of his last 15 matches on clay court.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Alexander Zverev that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 80 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 11 break points. Djokovic got 64 percent of his first serves in play and saved seven of his eight break points. Djokovic has won all 15 sets this tournament and has kept matches extremely short, giving him a nice rest advantage over his opponents. Djokovic hopes to make a grand slam final appearance for the 11th time in his last 17 tries. A win here puts Djokovic in the French Open final for the fifth time in his career. Djokovic hasn’t lost a grand slam semifinal match since the 2014 US Open. Djokovic has won 14 of his last 15 matches on clay court.
These two have played nine times and Djokovic has won seven of those matches, including the most recent meeting this year in Madrid. Djokovic is 3-2 against Thiem on clay court. Seven of the nine matches were decided i straight sets.
Thiem obviously has a shot to win this match based on his clay success and the fact he’s beaten Djokovic on this surface twice. The problem is Djokovic has been ridiculously consistent this tournament and his level hasn’t dropped for a single set. It’s hard enough to beat Djokovic in a grand slam where you have to win three sets, it’s damn near impossible when he’s playing at this level. The only person I see giving Djokovic a run for his money on clay is Rafael Nadal. Thiem will have a poor game here and there that gives Djokovic the opening he needs to takeover this match and close the deal.
Should be a fun, competitive match, but Djokovic makes his fourth straight grand slam final.