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07 Jun 2018 by Trystan Pugh

French Open 2018 – Marco Cecchinato vs Dominic Thiem Preview

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AT A GLANCE

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

When is Marco Cecchinato vs Dominic Thiem on and what time does it start? Friday 8th June, 2018 - (not before) 12:00 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Marco Cecchinato vs Dominic Thiem? 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 Marco Cecchinato vs Dominic Thiem? https://tickets.rolandgarros.com/en/home

THE LOWDOWN

MARCO CECCHINATO

  • It has been a stunning run to the semi-finals for world number 72 Cecchinato who, prior to this tournament, had never progressed beyond the first round of a Grand Slam event.
  • The Italian has picked up some notable scalps along the way, defeating David Goffin in the fourth round and then sensationally eliminating 2016 champion Novak Djokovic in a four-set thriller on Tuesday.
  • Cecchinato has beaten on Thiem on clay in their only previous meeting on the surface, although that was way back in a 2013 futures event so not a great deal should be read into that.

DOMINIC THIEM

  • In an underwhelming contest, Thiem easily dispatched of Alexander Zverev in straight sets in Tuesday's quarter-final, although he benefited from his opponent playing with an injury for a large portion of the match.
  • That routine victory will serve Thiem well in regaining his energy as he had played three four-set matches in a row prior to the quarter-final.
  • The Austrian will be hoping it is third time lucky having fallen at the semi-final stage in both 2016 and and 2017; he lost to the eventual champion on both those occasions.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Thiem will be the heavy favourite here but he would be foolish to underestimate surprise-package Cecchinato, who has played some sensational tennis en route to this semi-final. The Italian fully deserved his victory over Djokovic in the last round and that will have given him even greater belief that he can keep his fairytale run going.

Thiem, however, is far more experienced at this level and has been playing at a high level throughout the tournament. A first Grand Slam final beckons for the Austrian but he will not have it all his own way with Cecchinato fancied to pick up a set along the way.

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