Dominic Thiem vs Richard Gasquet 2018 Erste Bank Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction
Richard Gasquet vs Dominic Thiem
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Austrian superstar, Dominic Thiem be playing Frenchman, Richard Gasquet in the opening round of the 2018 ATP Erste Bank Open in Vienna.
This is a big tournament for Dominic Thiem as he will be playing in his home country. That being said, Thiem has a very poor record at this event as he has not made it past the second round of this tournament since 2013. This season, Dominic Thiem enters this tournament is great form. In the past few months, Dominic Thiem won the ATP St Petersburg Open and made the semifinals of the US Open. While historically not proven, Thiem should enjoy the conditions at the Erste Bank Open as he played very well in similar conditions at the St Petersburg Open. Furthermore, Dominic Thiem should get the full support of his home fans in the crowd.
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On the other side of the coin, Richard Gasquet enters this match in good form also as he made decent runs at the ATP European Open and ATP Japan Open prior to this tournament. During his few last tournaments, Richard Gasquet returned serve exceptionally well he won 11 break points in his last 3 wins. Considering Dominic Thiem has a very strong serve, it will be important for Richard Gasquet to continue his strong returning form if he wishes to compete in this match.
Richard Gasquet and Dominic Thiem have played 2 times in the past with Gasquet winning on both occasions. The most recent match was at this event in 2017 where Gasquet beat Thiem in 3 sets. While that victory will give Gasquet confidence, Thiem has improved significantly in the last 12 months as he has made grand slam finals. I am expecting a much better performance from Dominic Thiem in this match compared to his loss at this event 12 months ago.
Taking everything into consideration, I am picking Dominic Thiem to win this match. Thiem is a much more accomplished player and with this tournament being played in Austria, I see the world number 7 winning this match.