Dominic Thiem vs. Jaume Munar
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM (New York)
The Line: Thiem -1894 / Munar +1044 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Dominic Thiem and Jaume Munar meet in the first round of the 2020 tennis US Open.
Dominic Thiem is coming off a first round exit in Cincinnati where he lost to Filip Krajinovic in straight sets. In the losing effort, Thiem won 47 percent of his total service points and was broken four times. Thiem has played a ton of exhibition matches in hopes of staying on point, but his service game clearly needs improvement if he’s going to make a run in this tournament. Thiem has lost in the first round of a grand slam three times since 2018, including a first round loss in last years US Open. Still, Thiem’s 71 percent winning percentage at the US Open makes this his second most successful grand slam. Thiem has won four of his last five matches on hard court.
Jaume Munar failed to qualify for Cincinnati and hasn’t played in a main tournament since Chile back in February. Munar played four exhibition matches in Spain last month and lost three of those contests as well. Munar has lost 11 of his last 16 matches overall when you include exhibitions and qualifying, so he can’t be the most confident player entering this tournament. Still, Munar is playing with nothing to lose, so he is a bit of a dangerous player when you look at it from that standpoint. Munar has one career win over a top-10 player, which came last year in Morocco. Munar is 2-5 in career grand slam first round matches. Munar has lost four of his last six matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Thiem has won all three matches, twice in straight sets. The most recent match was in Rio de Janeiro of this year. This will be the first meeting on hard court.
Thiem has to get rolling with his serve if he’s going to make a run this tournament, and we should find out early if he’s got it or not. The good news here is that Thiem has cruised past Munar three times on clay, the Spaniards best surface, so he should be able to repeat that success on hard court, a surface Thiem has improve on over the years.
The line here should be outrageous, so I’ll back Thiem in straight sets to improve the price.