Dominic Thiem vs Adrian Mannarino
June 22, 2021 11:50 am EDT
Second seed Dominic Thiem of Austria will face unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Mallorca Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesdau June 22nd, 2021 at approximately 11:45am EST.
Austrian superstar Dominic Thiem makes his return to the court after a disappointing French Open campaign, and has been in miserable form so far this season. He was scheduled to return in Halle but withdrew, leading to further speculation that his struggles are likely to continue. Thiem will be hoping for a strong run here at the 2021 Mallorca Open as he prepares for Wimbledon. In his path is the unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, a solid player in his own right. Can he cause the massive upset and knock the second seed out here?
Dominic Thiem is ranked #5 in the world and has been one of the top players on the ATP Tour over the past few years. After winning his first Grand Slam title last year at the US Open, big things were expected of him but it hasn’t quite worked out that way. He is in the middle of a career worst season and things are not expected to get any better for him at the moment, as he typically struggles on grass, despite having a title on the surface from 2016. Despite that, he has not won a match on grass since 2018, and is up against a tough opponent here in the form of Adrian Mannarino. The Austrian should still be considered the favorite here at the 2021 Mallorca Open, but it is anyone’s guess to what type of form he will be in.
Adrian Mannarino is currently ranked #42 on the ATP Tour, and has built a reputation of being a very dangerous player and opponent. Like his opponent Dominic Thiem, he has largely struggled so far this season, but started strongly here at the 2021 Mallorca Open, defeating the dangerous Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets in the opening round. The Frenchman may struggle to hold serve here, but his flat groundstrokes that he takes early are sure to be major weapons on this quick surface, and since his opponent has been struggling he will feel that he is in with a chance despite being the underdog here.
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This is a tough match to call due to the uncertainty surrounding Dominic Thiem. He has defeated Adrian Mannarino a whipping 8 out of 8 times, but his form has been shockingly bad this year and it truly is hard to back him. Despite this, I am going to go with the Austrian claiming a tough win here. He is a champion and it is only a matter of time before he breaks the slump, and I am hoping that this is the match where it happens. I expect a struggle,but Dominic Thiem will win in three sets here, advancing to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Mallorca Open.