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Dominic Thiem vs. Sam Groth 2016 Mercedes Cup Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Groth vs. Thiem
Date & Time Wednesday June 8, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
the Line Groth +173 / Thiem -205 -- Over/Under:
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Dominic Thiem and Sam Groth square off early Wednesday in the 2016 Mercedes Cup.

Dominic Thiem looks to build on what has been a very solid and breakthrough 2016 season, which includes coming off a semifinals performance in the French Open. Thiem is currently ranked seventh in the world, which is the highest he’s ever been ranked in his career, and he looks like he’s ready to take that next step with three wins this year over top-10 players. Thiem has been consistent with his service game and is hitting winners left and right as his confidence grows. At just 22 years old, it may be time to start treating Thiem like one of the next up-and-coming superstars who is the future of tennis. The bad news is that Thiem is 2-6 on grass court in his career.

Sam Groth is coming off a straight sets victory over Illya Marchenko that took 22 games to decide. Groth has had a rough 2016, as he’s fallen out of the top-100 and has been trying to get his form back in Challenger play. Remember, Groth is a guy who was just a top-50 player back in August and upset Adrian Mannarino in the first round of the Australian Open. Since then, Groth has really had issues finding his form and isn’t hitting the ball with much confidence. Maybe his straight sets victory helps get him back on track, but Groth hasn’t won back-to-back ATP matches in quite some time. The good news for Groth is that he has won 13 of his last 17 matches on grass court, which includes winning the 2015 Manchester Challenger.  

These two have met once in the past, which was in this year's Miami Masters, a match Thiem won in straight sets. The match took 20 games to decide. This will be the first time these two meet on grass.

Thiem is a guy to keep a close eye on moving forward not just this season but for the next few seasons. He’s starting to get comfortable and seems hungry for more success. Groth hasn’t shown confidence or consistency to stop this freighttrain.

Give me Thiem in straight sets.

Pick:
Dominic Thiem

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