2020 Australian Open – Gael Monfils vs Dominic Thiem Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Gael Monfils vs Dominic Thiem taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Gael Monfils vs Dominic Thiem on and what time does it start? Monday 27th January, 2020 – not before 01:15 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Gael Monfils vs Dominic Thiem? Partly cloudy, 21c

What channel is Gael Monfils vs Dominic Thiem on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Gael Monfils vs Dominic Thiem in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Gael Monfils vs Dominic Thiem? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem? Dominic Thiem beat Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

THE LOWDOWN

GAEL MONFILS

  • Gael Monfils was clinical against an in-form Ernests Gulbis in their third round match to come through in straight sets, conceding just one so far this tournament.
  • 33-year-old Monfils is a former Australian Open quarter-finalist but has lost in the second round in his last two campaigns, reaching the round of 16 for the first time since 2017.
  • Monfils has never beaten Dominic Thiem over five previous meetings and furthermore has not taken a set from the Austrian since a loss at the 2016 ATP Finals.

DOMINIC THIEM

  • Dominic Thiem played well to come through the 29th seed Taylor Fritz in four sets and conceded just the one break point on his serve, but he will need to improve if he is to progress further.
  • The 26-year-old world number five has not convinced so far this season after a dismal ATP Cup campaign for Austria and a five-set win over Aussie wildcard Alex Bolt in the previous round.
  • Thiem has matched his best-ever placing at the Australian Open by reaching the round of 16 for the third time in his career after having to retire from his second round match last year.

THE PREDICTION

Dominic Thiem appears to have 10th-seed Gael Monfils’ number on court with a 100% win percentage over the Frenchman over a number of years. Neither player has been at the peak of their powers thus far but this could be the match that sees one or both of them up their level. As with most of his matches, if Thiem can focus over five sets he can win this match, but this could be another marathon match at Melbourne.

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