Dominic Thiem vs. Taylor Fritz - 1/25/20 Australian Open Tennis Pick, Odds & Prediction
Dominic Thiem vs. Taylor Fritz
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Melbourne Park)
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In the third round of the 2020 ATP Australian Open, Dominic Thiem is set to play against Taylor Fritz from the United States.
Taylor Fritz won an epic marathon in the previous round where he defeated Kevin Anderson in 5 sets. It was a great display of determination by Taylor Fritz as he lost the opening 2 sets but fought back strongly to win the final 3 sets and the match. The serving was especially strong from Taylor Fritz as he hit 21 aces which helped him win 76% of his service points. During the win, Taylor Fritz won 92% of his service games and 5 return games. Taylor Fritz is an extremely talented player and following such an epic win, the American will be looking to continue his form.
On the other side of the coin, Dominic Thiem also played a 5-set match in the previous round. Thiem had a strong start to the match as he won the opening set but the Austrian lacked focus and that cost him the second and third sets. Fortunately, Thiem found his form in the final 2 sets which he won comfortably. During the win, Dominic Thiem won 92% of his service games and 7 return games. There are big expectations on Dominic Thiem and he will be hoping to make a major impact at this tournament.
Dominic Thiem and Taylor Fritz have played each other 3 times in the past. Fritz has won once in the past while Thiem has won twice. The most recent match between these two players was in 2019 at the Laver Cup where Fritz won in 3 sets.
Both Dominic Thiem and Taylor Fritz played a 5-set match in the previous round and as a result, fatigue may be a reason. Taking that into consideration, I am going to pick Dominic Thiem to win this match. Thiem has been playing outstanding tennis and I see him having too much defensive ability to Fritz. Taylor Fritz lacks the receiving game required to compete with Thiem and I see that costing the American the match.