ATP World Tour Finals 2017 - Dominic Thiem vs Grigor Dimitrov Preview

13th Nov 2017 by TSZ

Quick Facts

Where is Dominic Thiem vs Grigor Dimitrov taking place? 02 Arena, London

When is Dominic Thiem vs Grigor Dimitrov on? Monday 13th November, 2017

What time does Dominic Thiem vs Grigor Dimitrov start? 14:00 (UK)

What channel is Dominic Thiem vs Grigor Dimitrov on? BBC Two / Sky Sports Main Event

The Lowdown

DOMINIC THIEM

  • Thiem enters the ATP World Tour Finals with a career high world ranking of four and will look to improve upon his debut last year, where he exited at the round-robin stage.
  • The Austrian started off 2017 in fine form but has tailed off in the second half of the year, failing to reach to reach the quarter-final stage in his last six knockout events.
  • Thiem holds a slender 2-1 lead in career head-to-head matches with Dimitrov and they have shared the spoils in their two meetings in 2017.

GRIGOR DIMITROV

  • Dimitrov has both started and ended the season in good form, and claimed his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati in August.
  • The Bulgarian enjoys the quicker surface and should be suited to the conditions of the indoor court at the 02 Arena, where he makes his Finals debut.
  • Dimitrov's serve has been more effective than Thiem's on hard courts in 2017, winning 88% of service games compared to the Austrian's 82%.

The Statistics

  • Grigor Dimitrov has won three of his seven career titles in 2017, while Dominic Thiem has won one of his eight this year.
  • There has only been one tiebreak in eight sets played between the two players which Dominic Thiem won.
  • All three previous meetings have been played outdoors with Dominic Thiem winning two of the three matches.
  • Dominic Thiem has won 42 games compared to Grigor Dimitrov's 39 in their three previous meetings.
  • Grigor Dimitrov has a 69.8% win ratio this season compared to Dominic Thiem's 65.8%.
  • Grigor Dimitrov is making his ATP World Tour Finals debut this year, while Dominic Thiem played last year winning one of his three matches (against Gael Monfils).

The Prediction

These two are fairly evenly matched but Dimitrov has been in the better form coming into the tournament and the quicker surface is also in his favour here. The pace should suit his more dominant serve and he has already overcome Thiem on hard courts this year, so the Bulgarian is tipped to get his debut ATP World Tour Finals appearance off to a winning start.

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