Thiem vs. Djokovic
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 31, 1969, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 French Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 72 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic is coming off his cleanest match of the tournament in which he had just 30 unforced errors and was broken three times. Djokovic had some hiccups in the third round, but when he's engaged and needs to find that second gear, he's had no problem putting his opponent away quickly and looking like the top player in the world he's been for so many years. Djokovic hopes to make his 11th grand slam semifinal since 2014. Djokovic hasn't lost in the quarters of a grand slam since the 2014 Australian Open. Djokovic has won eight of his last nine matches on clay court.
Dominic Thiem is coming off a straight sets win over Horacio Zeballos that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Thiem won 92 percent of his first serve points and 46 percent of his second serve points. Thiem has yet to drop a set this tournament and has won 16 of his last 18 sets played overall. Thiem has lost just 10 first serve points in his last two matches and has been broken just three times this tournament overall. As long as Thiem can continue to dominate the service game, he’ll have a chance to pull off the upset here. Thiem has eight career wins over top-10 players with two coming this season. Thiem hopes he can make back-to-back French Open semifinal appearances. Thiem has won seven of his last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played five times and Djokovic has won all five meetings. The most recent match was in this years Rome Masters, a match Djokovic won in 13 games. Thiem has won just one set against Djokovic, and this will be their third meeting on clay.
Thiem is playing some of the best and most consistent tennis we’ve seen from him in a while, but you can't ignore the glaring head to head numbers against Djokovic and the fact they just played a couple weeks ago. In the Rome Masters match, Djokovic won 65 percent of his return points and dropped just six of 31 first serve points. Hard to pick Thiem to win this match.
I like Djokovic to get the semifinals of the French Open yet again.