Lorenzo Sonego vs. Dominic Thiem
|Date & Time||Friday August 2, 2019, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
Tennis stadium Kitzbühel
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Lorenzo Sonego and Dominic Thiem meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Austrian Open.
Lorenzo Sonego is coming off a straight sets win over Fernando Verdasco that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Sonego won 82 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Sonego won 74 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his eight break points. Sonego got 72 percent of his first serves in play and saved four of his five break points. Sonego has produced nine breaks through his first three matches and his last match was his first straight sets victory in over a month. Sonego looks to make his second career final appearance and first since this years Antalya Open. Sonego has split his last six matches on clay court.
Dominic Thiem is coming off a straight sets win over Pablo Andujar-Alba that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Thiem won 70 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Thiem won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his six break points. Thiem got 54 percent of his first serves in play, saved three of his six break points and hit five aces. It wasn’t the cleanest match in the world from Thiem, but he won majority of the key points and prevented the match from going to a third set. Thiem hopes to make his fourth final appearance of the year and his 22nd of his career. Thiem has won 10 of his last 12 matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Thiem is winning matches despite not even serving his best, which can be viewed as a good thing considering it’s only a matter of time before that part of his game comes together. Sonego lacks the experience on the big stage to just in this sort of match, and Thiem has become the second most trustworthy player on clay.
There’s no reason for Thiem not to win this match in straight sets.