Zverev vs. Thiem / ATP Madrid – Two players who showed the most on clay courts besides R. Nadal this season have reached the final of Masters in Madrid, A. Zverev and D. Thiem. With this Zverev shows that he is in a good shape ahead of the Masters in Rome, where he is the title defender. Begins: 13.05.2018 – 18:30 CET
Seven days ago Zverev won the seventh title in his career, which he won at for him domestic tournament in Munich where he defeated his compatriot P. Kohlschreiber in the final. After Munich Zverev continued with good results in Madrid where he managed to reach the final after defeating young Canadian D. Shapovalov, who is one of more pleasant surprises this season, in the semi-final. In that way Zverev strengthened his hold over the 3rd place in the ATP list with win/loss ratio 21-7.
Regarding he semi-final match, Zverev had quite easily defeated D. Shapovalov 6-4, 6-1. The German needed just 58 minutes to win the match in which Shapovalov was equal opponent only in the first set, or more precisely up to ninth game, when Zverev made a break. After that the Canadian motivation significantly deflated. Shapovalov was better only in the first serve, while all other statistical parameters are on Zverev’s side.
Thiem had made an excellent result when he eliminated World’s no. 1 R. Nadal in the quarter-finals. Compared to the match semi-final duel with K. Anderson was just a routine thing. The Austrian needed 1 hour and 27 minutes to reach the final, and the result of match with Anderson read in the end 6-4, 6-2. Thiem made the first break at the very start of match and that was enough to win the first set.
In the second set, Anderson failed to put up a meaningless resistance and he had just three break points, all in the 10th game of the first set, that he didn’t put in good use. Thiem had an absolute control over the match in the second set and question of winner was never on the table, which deprived audience of expected uncertainty. It is known that Anderson belongs to those tennis players who are very good when serve but even in that segment he failed to outplay Thiem.
A. Zverev – D. Thiem PICK
The two players had met five times before and Thiem won even four head-to-head, while Zverev triumphed just once. Today, the situation is a bit different; Zverev has reached the third place in the ATP list and has experienced with winning Masters Series tournaments, out of which one was won on exactly the same type of surface. On the other hand Thiem had won Nadal, and it is not a small thing. We expect an interesting match that should offer more uncertainty and excitements than the semi-finals did, which is why we would play on larger number of games than the offered ceiling.
Pick: over 21.5 games
Odds: 1.63 at 10bet (down to 1,58 can be played)