French Open 2018 – Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev Preview

AT A GLANCE

Where is Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev taking place? Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland-Garros, Paris

When is Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev on and what time does it start? Tuesday 5th June, 2018 - (not before) 13:00 (UK)

What channel is Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev on? ITV4 and Eurosport 1/2 (UK)

Where can I stream Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev? The match can be streamed free via the ITV Player or those with a relevant subscription can stream the match via the Eurosport Player

Where can I get tickets for Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev? https://tickets.rolandgarros.com/en/home

THE LOWDOWN

DOMINIC THIEM

  • Thiem has faced some tough battles on the way to this quarter-final, including a high-quality four-set tussle with Kei Nishikori in the fourth round on Sunday.
  • The Austrian is aiming to reach the French Open semi-finals for the third year running, after he lost in the last four to the eventual winner in both 2016 (Novak Djokovic) and 2017 (Rafael Nadal).
  • He has a 4-2 career lead over Zverev and perhaps more significantly, has won three of the four matches they have contested on clay.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • The German prodigy has certainly not done things the easy way in reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final as he has had to come through three consecutive five-set matches to make it this far.
  • Zverev has even had to save a match point already - against Damir Dzumhur in the third round - but he has shown tremendous fighting spirit to navigate his way through the draw.
  • Zverev does have the psychological advantage of having already beaten Thiem on clay this year; the two met in the Madrid Masters final just last month, with Zverev claiming a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

This is set up to be a classic battle between two players who are likely to meet many more times at the business end of tounaments over the next few years. Zverev has made it through to the quarter-finals of a major for the first time in his career although it has certainly not been plain sailing. He has already clocked significantly more hours on the court compared to Thiem, and, as fit as the German is, that mileage may eventually catch up with him.

Although Zverev triumphed in their Madrid meeting last month, Thiem has displayed the better form at Roland-Garros and should be the fresher of the two, so we're backing the Austrian to win in four sets and reach his third consecutive French Open semi-final.