Thiem vs Verdasco / ATP Rome – Second round of the Masters in Rome offers large number of interesting matches and one of them is duel between Austrian D. Thiem and Spaniard F. Verdasco. Verdasco won K. Edmund in the first round, while Thiem, being the 5th seed was free.
Thiem vs Verdasco begins 16.05.2019 at 11:00 CET
Thiem arrived to Rome after very good results made in Barcelona and Madrid. We remind you that the Austrian won the title in Barcelona where he defeated D. Medvedev in the final, while in Madrid he reached the semi-finals where he lost to N. Djokovic after two tie-breaks. The title from Barcelona is not his only one this season. Thiem won the first title this year at the Masters in Indian Wells where he defeated R. Federer in the final.
Thiem increased this season number of won titles to 13. Besides, the Austrian has positive win/loss ratio 17-7. Seven defeats indicate number of occasions when Theim lost matches in early phases of tournaments. However, this is mostly related to tournaments that use hard surface, and he made much better results on clay courts.
Verdasco is another ATP veteran but he still makes quite solid results, and being Spaniard he is especially dangerous on clay courts. Verdasco currently occupies the 38th place in the ATP list, which is fairly good rating but still weaker than his best that he held in 2009 when he was World’s no. 7.
Verdasco made relatively modest results this season and he has slightly positive win/loss ratio 11-10. The Spaniard won seven ATP titles in his career, the last one in 2016 when he won the tournament in Bucharest. Recently finished Masters Series tournament in Madrid ended up for Verdasco in the third round when he lost to S. Tsitsipas. That was at the same time one of his better results this season.
Thiem vs Verdasco PICK
Verdasco won all three previous head-to-head, however, those matches were played relatively long time ago and are not so relevant for today’s match. Thiem is in much better shape and we believe that the Austrian will win Verdasco for the first time because of that, even with a handicap in number of won games.
Pick: Thiem -3.5 games
Odds: 1.50 at 10bet (down to 1.47 can be played)
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