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14 May 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 Italian Open – Dominic Thiem vs Fernando Verdasco Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

Where Is Dominic Thiem vs Fernando Verdasco taking place? Foro Italico, Rome

When is Dominic Thiem vs Fernando Verdasco on and what time does it start? Wednesday 15th May, 2019

What channel is Dominic Thiem vs Fernando Verdasco on? BT Sport (check schedule for specific channel)

Where can I stream Dominic Thiem vs Fernando Verdasco? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match via the BT Sport Player

Where can I get tickets for Dominic Thiem vs Fernando Verdasco? https://ticketing.internazionalibnlditalia.com/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time
meetings: Dominic Thiem 0-3 Fernando Verdasco
Last meeting:
Fernando Verdasco beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-0

DOMINIC THIEM

  • Dominic Thiem moved up to fourth in the ATP world rankings after winning the Barcelona Open and reaching the semi-finals of the Madrid Open last week.
  • The Austrian has modelled himself as something of a clay-specialist over the last few seasons and will be many people’s dark horse for the tournament here.
  • It took Novak Djokovic to beat Thiem in the Madrid Open and the 25-year-old defeated Roger Federer to win this year’s Indian Wells so he has proven he has what it takes to challenge the best in the run-up to Roland Garros.

FERNANDO VERDASCO

  • Fernando Verdasco put out British number one Kyle Edmund in three sets on Monday to set up a second-round tie with world number four Dominic Thiem.
  • Verdasco is ranked 38th in the world but did well to beat Karen Khachanov in his home tournament in Madrid last week before losing to eventual runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas.
  • The 35-year-old has faced Thiem, ten years his junior, three times and has a 100% record in those including a match on clay last year in Rio.

THE PREDICTION

One would think Dominic Thiem was the outright favourite to progress to the round of 16 here but his stats with Verdasco jar with that theory somewhat. Three matches, one on each surface, and three wins for the Spaniard, including a five-set thriller at Wimbledon in 2015, suggest he has something in his game that gives him an advantage against the Austrian. Logic still backs Thiem, but this could be closer than expected.

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