Tennis predictions – Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem – ATP Rome
The 3rd round of the Rome Open offers us a more than intriguing match-up, Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem, duel that starts very early at 11:00.
Swiss player Roger Federer returned to the ATP circuit after quite a long injury and his first tournament is this one in Rome. Following the knee intervention, the 34 years old announced himself ready for Indian Wells, but some stomach problems kept him on the sidelines unfortunately. Recently, Federer was forced to forfeit the Madrid and Barcelona tournaments and fans were starting to get very worried. Roger has very high hopes for this tournament and looks forward to getting into the perfect form ahead of Roland Garros. The last place where the Swiss played was Monte-Carlo, back where Jo Wilfried Tsonga defeated him in the quarter finals. This week, Roger cruised past the very promising German player, Alexander Zverev with 6-3, 7-5. On clay, Federer has a 76% winning percentage and he currently holds 88 singles titles and 8 doubles titles.
On the other side of the net we will be finding a youngster with a potential just as high as the Swiss player had, with the name of Dominic Thiem. Considered as one of the most promising young talents, the Austrian star already managed to win 5 trophies for his cabinet, 3 in the previous season and already 2 in 2016. The biggest attribute that promotes the Austrian player is the fact that he has the same strength on every single surface. According to Thiem, his most lethal weapon is the one-handed backhand, with which he manages to dominate long exchanges. His mobility is also to be praised, but this will probably not help him too much in this match-up as Federer is also renowned for his own court mobility. In the recent period, Thiem qualified for the final in Munchen, losing it to Philipp Kohlschreiber. This week, Dominic knocked out Alexandr Dolgopolov with 2-1 at sets and sailed past Joao Sousa with 6-3, 6-2.
Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem have only met once before, precisely this year at Brisbane, back when the Swiss Maestro cruised easily with 6-1, 6-4. Thursday’s game will be decided by a duel of two excellent backhands, the most fatal weapon of each player, exercised with solely one friend. Thiem can challenged almost anybody on clay, as he’s proven against Novak Djokovic and I expect a really balanced fixture, with Roger Federer coming out on top.