2020 Australian Open – Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem on and what time does it start? Wednesday 29th January, 2020 – not before 08:30 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem? Partly cloudy, 26c

What channel is Rafael Nadal 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 Rafael Nadal 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 Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem? Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal was the eventual victor in a blockbuster round of 16 match with Australia’s current favoured child Nick Kyrgios, with both players giving their all over four sets.
  • The 33-year-old was really challenged for the first time at this tournament which could help his cause as he came through to the final last year without dropping a set before losing all three to Novak Djokovic.
  • World number one Nadal leads a healthy 9-4 head-to-head record over Dominic Thiem, with whom he has played a remarkable 12 out of 13 matches on their favoured clay surface.

DOMINIC THIEM

  • World number five Dominic Thiem put in his most dominant display so far at the 2020 Australian Open with a straight-sets win over 10th seed Gael Monfils in the round of 16.
  • 26-year-old Thiem is through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time and has never beaten Nadal at a Grand Slam, finishing Roland-Garros runner-up to the Spaniard in the last two seasons.
  • In fact, Nadal has put Thiem out of three of his last seven grand Slams including a quarter-final defeat at the 2018 US Open, although that went to five sets on their only hard court encounter to date.

THE PREDICTION

Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal have a long and storied history on the clay, with Thiem the most natural successor to Nadal’s Roland-Garros crown, but this will be just their second hard court match at the 14th meeting. The last time they faced each other on the hard surface was a five-set quarter-final at Flushing Meadows, where Thiem took an early lead before being pegged back by the Spaniard. Nadal will be battle-hardened following a very tough match with Nick Kyrgios on Monday, while Thiem was excellent in a straight-sets victory over Gael Monfils. If Thiem plays to his best ability, this could go the distance like it did at the US Open, but world number one Nadal should see the semi-finals.

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