Taylor Fritz vs. Dominic Thiem
|Date & Time||Friday August 31, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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Dominic Thiem and Taylor Fritz meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Dominic Thiem is coming off a five sets win over Steve Johnson that took 51 games to decide. In the victory, Thiem won 80 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Thiem won 73 percent of his total service points and saved six of his seven break points. Thiem also had 67 winners to just 38 unforced errors, and if he’s going to produce that kind of quality moving forward, he’s going to be a dark horse in this tournament. Thiem hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the eighth time in his last nine tries. Thiem has made the fourth round of the US Open in three of his four appearances. Thiem has won five of his last eight matches on hard court.
Taylor Fritz is coming off a win over Jason Kubler that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Fritz won 65 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Fritz took a 2-1 set lead before Kubler was forced to retire, which has become a common theme on the men’s side this tournament. Either way, Fritz won 60 percent of his total service points and saved 10 of his 14 break points. As long as Fritz can be more consistent with his serve and limit his unforced errors, the crowd will get behind the American in hopes of seeing an upset. Fritz has a chance to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. This is Fritz’s first ever grand slam third round match. Fritz has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2017 US Open, a match Thiem won in four sets. The match took 42 games to be decided.
Fritz has the crowd behind him and has served well enough to possibly steal a set here, but that’s about it. Thiem is hitting his spots with confidence, returning well and has head and shoulders the experienced edge in big matches. This is around the time in grand slams where the big boys separate themselves. Fritz simply isn’t on that level just yet.
Thiem crosses rather easily to the fourth round.