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15 Nov 2017 by TSZ

ATP World Tour Finals 2017 - Pablo Carreno Busta vs Dominic Thiem Preview

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Quick Facts

Where is Pablo Carreno Busta vs Dominic Thiem taking place? 02 Arena, London

When is Pablo Carreno Busta vs Dominic Thiem on? Wednesday 15th November, 2017

What time does Pablo Carreno Busta vs Dominic Thiem start? 20:00 (UK)

What channel is Pablo Carreno Busta vs Dominic Thiem on? Sky Sports Arena

The Lowdown

PABLO CARRENO BUSTA

  • Carreno Busta contests his first ever match at the ATP World Tour Finals after replacing Rafael Nadal who withdrew after defeat to David Goffin on Monday.
  • The Spaniard was on stand-by as an alternate so he will look to make the most of the opportunity afforded to him. However, he has not found a way past Thiem in four previous meetings.
  • Clay is Carreno Busta's favoured surface but he showed how effective he can be on hard courts by reaching the semi-finals of the US Open in September, although his form has dipped since then.

DOMINIC THIEM

  • Thiem might be relieved that he's not facing Rafael Nadal but he still has it all to do in the group after losing his opener to Grigor Dimitrov.
  • That defeat typified Thiem's form coming into the Finals as he has struggled to get over the line in tight matches, often losing a deciding set.
  • The Austrian does at least have the head-to-head record in his favour as he has beaten Carreno Busta all four times they have met, with one of those wins coming on hard courts.

The Statistics

The Prediction

Neither player has been at their best recently and wins on the tour have been hard to come by, with Carreno Busta's semi-final appearance at the US Open in September the last run of any note between the pair of them. Thiem is favoured however as he will be the sharper of the two and has won all four previous meetings with his Spanish opponent.

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