Djokovic vs Thiem / ATP Roland Garros – N. Djokovic and D. Thiem will play the second semi-final match. We can say that this semi-final was expected before the beginning of the tournament as both players were regarded as favourites in their respective draws. In the quarter-finals Djokovic defeated A. Zverev by 3-0 in sets, while Thiem outplayed K. Khachanov, also without dropping a set.
Djokovic vs Thiem begins 07.06.2019 at 16:00 CET
Djokovic justified predictions that will dominate in match with A. Zverev, although we had expected a much stronger resistance from the German than he actually put up in this match. Zverev was an equal opponent only in the first set, when he was in fact a better player on the court with an aggressive play style. Djokovic struggled a lot in his service games in those moments, when he often had to catch backlog of two points.
However, the key moment happened at the end of first set when Zverev had an advantage of one break and served at one point to win the first set. Not only that Zverev lost the important service game but he also lost his next game which gave Nole a great advantage of 1-0. This has greatly shaken the self-confidence of the German who was no longer an equal opponent to the World’s no. 1.
Much of what we have said for match between Djokovic and Zverev can repeated for the second quarter-final match; the one between D. Thiem and K. Khachanov. The only difference was that Thiem defeated the Russian in an even faster and more dominant way. The best proof for this can be duration of the match, as all three sets were finished in less than two hours. We can say that Thiem didn’t have time to get tired in this quarter-final match.
Apart from the result Thiem did much better in the statistical sense. The Russian had a slight advantage only in percentage of the 1st and 2nd service, while all other statistics parameters were on Thiem's side. The Austrian won 29 directly points and had only 12 unforced errors. It is an interesting fact that Khachanov didn’t have a break point in this match.
Djokovic vs Thiem PICK
The two players played eight head-to-head so far and Djokovic won six of them, while Thiem had an upper hand only two times. Thiem won both matches on clay courts; one of them was won at the Roland Garros 2017. That is clear indicator that World’s no. 1 will have a very difficult job in the semi-finals and larger number of games seems like a more probable outcome.
Pick: over 3.5 sets
Odds: 1.53 at 888sport (down to 1.49 can be played)
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