Thiem vs Raonic / ATP Indian Wells– Austrian D. Thiem and Canadian M. Raonic will fight for one of two places in the final. Raonic was the only who played in the quarter-finals; he defeated very good M. Kecmanovic, while Thiem reached the semi-finals after G. Monfils withdrew before their head-to-head.
Thiem vs Raonic begins 16.03.2019 at 19:00 CET
As we have said in the introduction Thiem didn’t play quarter-final match against G. Monfils since the French was forced to withdraw, which is pity given that he is in a very good shape. So, Thiem will be nicely rested before the semi-finals since he played the last time against I. Karlovic in the round of 16. We need to remind that the Austrian won that match without much trouble.
It is interesting that Karlovic had weaker first service than Thiem despite fact that the tournament is played on hard surface. We know that something like that rarely happens, which is probably the reason why it didn’t bring more uncertainty. Thiem will win significant number of points with the semi-final match as ATP Indian Wells finished for him last year already in the third round when the was the one who had to retire.
Raonic has justified role of favourite against young Serbian M. Kecmanovic, who is very perspective 19-year old player who made the best result in his short career at Master 1000 Series tournaments series. Based on that we can say that Kecmanovic was the most pleasant surprise of this year’s Indian Wells.
Regarding the quarter-final match we saw typical Raonic. Under this we have in mind very small number of break points and large number of aces. Ranoic had 13 of them, while his opponent just two. Besides, Raonic served well and his first service was at 88%. Kecmanovic didn’t use two break points in the 8th game of the second set that could have made the match far more uncertain.
Thiem vs Raonic TIP
Thiem and Raonic have met twice so far, both times in 2016. Raonic won both matches which is not surprising since he played the best in his career in that period and was World’s no. 3. Today, the situation is a bit different as Raonic has a bit weaker season in which he recovers from injury, while Thiem made a significant progress in the meantime. That is why we believe that the Austrian is a worthy opponent for Raonic and we expect a great struggle that should result in larger number of games.
Pick: over 22.5 games
Odds: 1.61 at betathome (down to 1.56 can be played)
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