Roger Federer (@1.23) vs Dominic Thiem (@4.2)

Our Prediction:

Roger Federer will win

Roger Federer – Dominic Thiem Match Prediction | 10-11-2019 15:00

He previously made the finals in Madrid in 2017 and 2018, where he finished runner-up.Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'nPUFd1IiTrNRmwL529pGaA',sig:'3qAKeqvscpb7jTblJnd8fkaWnoLJS7HfNHP7hjHbTSI=',w:'446px',h:'594px',items:'1131087335',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});He produced a fantastic performance to tame Milos Raonic in three sets. He was disciplined overall and protected his serve throughout the match and faced just a solitary break point. Dominic Thiem is seeking his maiden Masters 1000 title. Much-renowned as a superb ball striker on the clay courts, he has redefined his game and is appearing in a final on hard courts at this level for the first time. The only real surprise in that semifinal was why Thiem did not manage to close out the match in straight sets after committing zero unforced errors in the opening set.

Federer will still be happy with a day off but he hasnt had to exert too much in his four matches to get to the final, playing just over four and a half hours. The long-awaited Federer-Nadal 39 did not happen with Nadal withdrawing as many might have feared. He is back to No.4 in the live rankings but must win this one to ensure that he stays there, with Thiem jumping above him if he wins.

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And I had a very good first-serve percentage. I played really well the whole match, basically. That was great. a delighted Thiem said afterwards. It was a great win for the Austrian, who had lost in straight sets in the two previous meetings with the Canadian. There would be just one break in the 7-6 6-7 6-4 win, which the Austrian picked up to go 3-2 ahead in the decider. After a walkover gave him his semi final place, Thiem had to put in a huge effort to fight off Milos Raonic in three sets. I didnt make a lot of unforced errors. He faced one break point in the match, saving it in the final game before converting onhis second match point.

He takes onDominic Thiem, seeking to become champion for the sixth time. Thiem is looking for his first Masters 1000 title, having lost in the final of Madrid in both of the last two years. Roger Federer is the overwhelming favourite to take the Indian Wells title on Sunday afternoon. That would take him one above Novak Djokovic, who also came into the tournament with five titles.

I think after him, there is a small group of players which can be, which can go very far at each clay-court tournament as well and I think Im in this group as well. he said, pre-tournament. Despite wins over the Spaniard yearly, Thiem still sees the clay scene as Nadal and then a bunch of others below including himself. His win over Fabio Fognini in the previous round extended his winning streak to seven, with the most notable win coming against Rafael Nadal in that run to the Barcelona title.

Roger Federer at 37 is in the twilight of his glorious career. There is no doubt that if he maintains this form and plays in many more finals, he will be extremely motivated to catch Jimmy Connors record of 109 titles. The fact that he keeps winning and competing at the biggest events speaks volumes not just of his talent but of his ambition and self-drive.

Thiem may have perfected the game plan on how to beat the big servers (taking out Karlovic and Raonic on the trot), but this is a completely different proposition. The Swiss will be buoyed by his success in Dubai after an indifferent start to his title defense in the Australian Open. Dominic Thiem has merited his place in the final, but he is playing Federer at the wrong time.

Zverev and Tsitsipas are both proven top contenders, but both have also been tipped as possible future world number ones. Aside from on court fireworks there has also been off court friction between Zverev and Tsitsipas. Zverev is the defending Madrid champion, but Tsitsipas has the form and momentum at the moment. Their rivalry is in its early stages. They split their two previous meetings last year; Zverev winning in straight sets in Washington and Tsitsipas squeezing out a tight three set victory in the Rogers Cup. While Zverev has achieved a better career high ranking and has more big titles to his name, Tsitsipas has been the exponentially more consistent performer in the last six months. Zverevs scratchy three set win against Herbert Hurkacz and Tsitsipas smooth win over Fernando Verdasco illustrate the difference in the level these two are currently displaying.

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Elsewhere, Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on defending champion Alexander Zverev, former US Open champion Marin Cilic attempts to find form in 2019, and Indian Wells champion and former French Open finalist Dominic Thiem looks for his second victory over Federer this year. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Stan Wawrinka, owners of a combined 55 grand slam singles titles, are all in action on quarterfinal day at the Mutua Madrid Open. Here are ourATP Mutua Madrid Open Quarterfinal Predictions.

The 37-year-old will have an opportunity to make amends from last years defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro, in which he held two championship points. A few had presumed Federer would struggle during the American hard court swing, but in reaching the final (albeit via a walkover following Nadals withdrawal due to injury in the semis), he has successfully defended last years points in Indian Wells.

I also have to come to terms with how to play on clay again, whats normal, which points to lose and which points to win again, Federer said afterwards. It seemed like he would ease past a Frenchman for the second set running after the first set but Monfils fought all the way, only being denied by a serve and volley from Federer on the first match point and committing an error on the second. Federer had to save two match points in a wild three setter with Gael Monfils, eventually winning out 6-0 4-6 7-6 to move on. Anything is sort of possible. The very good, the very bad, you know. But its tough to just come out and play fantastic tennis.

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In fact, that loss was his first straight sets defeat in round robin stage at this tournament for all the years he has competed in. Roger Federers pursuit of his 100th tour level title at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals is in serious jeopardy. A rare loss to Kei Nishikori in his opening round robin match has put a serious dent in his qualification chances for the semifinals, and more importantly blown the Group Lleyton Hewitt wide open. Such has been his dominance on this event.

If Federer can find a way to win against Thiem, he will enter into his semifinal match, even if it is against Novak Djokovic, brimming with confidence. Against Thiem, he will have to execute this game plan perfectly. On the clay of Madrid, Thiem will have more time to line up his big shots and it will be easier for him to run down balls. Federers total commitment to aggressive, all-court tennis even in tight moments was clear. Thiem played excellent hard-hitting tennis in Indian Wells, favoring power over placement, content to blast balls up the middle of the court forcing Federer back from his preferred position hugging the baseline.