Roger Federer vs. Dominic Thiem
|Date & Time||Friday May 10, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
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Swiss tennis master, Roger Federer has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Madrid Masters in Spain. Federer will now face Dominic Thiem from Austria.
Roger Federer has not been active during the clay court legs in recent years and that has been evident throughout this tournament. Federer looked very rusty in the previous round as the Swiss Master had to battle for 3 sets to get the win. It was a dominant start by Federer as he won the opening set 6-0 but lost the second set. The third set was a very close contest where Federer held his nerve and won via a tiebreaker. Federer has lost some pace and athleticism which has its biggest impact on clay. Considering his opponent, Roger Federer may not enter this match as the favourite.
On the other side of the coin, Dominic Thiem had an emphatic win in the previous round as he eliminated Fabio Fognini in straight sets. It was a very strong display by Dominic Thiem as the Austrian won 100% of his service games and 2 return games to set up the victory. Thiem has been in outstanding form recently as he won the ATP Barcelona Open prior to arriving in Madrid. Thiem is one of the top clay court players and he has proven that label by producing strong performances at tournaments like the French Open. Thiem made the final of the French Open last season which should give him great confidence in his ability to play on clay.
Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem have played each other 5 times in the past. Thiem has won on 3 occasions while Federer has only won twice. Thiem has a 100% record against Federer on clay.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Dominic Thiem to win. Federer looked very scratchy in the previous round and I see the Swiss Master struggling to keep pace with Thiem. Thiem is a very athletic player and I see him having too much physical endurance for Federer.