Dominic Thiem vs. Vitaliy Sachko - 2020 Vienna Open First Round
Tuesday October 27th, 2020 / 12:30pm EST
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Second seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria faces Ukranian Vitaliy Sachko in the First Round of the 2020 Vienna Open in Austria. The reigning US Open Champion and world number 3 will be excited at the prospect of playing at home where he is the defending champion. This is by far the sternest test of the young Ukranian's career, can he cause a huge upset?
There is not much more to be said about Dominic Thiem. After being the "next best player" to the "Big 3" for many years, he finally had his breakthrough at the 2020 US Open and captured his first Grand Slam Title. He will have been disappointed to replicate the feat at the French Open, having reached the final for the past 2 years. This will be his first indoor hard court match of the year and he will be well rested and ready to go. He has huge groundstrokes and has improved a lot on the hard courts recently, long being considered mainly a clay court player. He will be determined to put on a show at home and gain some form heading into the Paris Masters and ATP Finals.
23 year old Vitaliy Sachko is a lucky loser here in Vienna, having gained a spot in the main draw following the withdrawal of Kei Nishikori. He has mainly played on the ITF and Challenger Tours, not even having a Challenger win to his name. He was impressive in his First Round Qualifying match, defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert and proving that he is no pushover. He has never played anyone even close to Thiem's caliber and will have to play the match of his life to even have a tiny chance of a win here. He seems to be a solid player but the gulf of class between the two players is very evident. Sachko has never even reached an ITF Final and could very well be out of his depth here.
Dominic Thiem will win this match easily, and betting the under could be a good play here, depending on what number is given. Anything under 6.5 games should be easy money. Simply put, Thiem who is one of the best players in the world will not lose to a #529 ranked lucky loser that has never even won a challenger match in his career. It would be one of the greatest upsets of all time if that was to happen. Dominic Thiem to cruise into the Round of 16 in his home tournament.