2020 Rio Open – Dominic Thiem vs Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Dominic Thiem vs Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves taking place? Jockey Club Brasilieiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When is Dominic Thiem vs Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves on and what time does it start? Tuesday 18th February, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What channel is Dominic Thiem vs Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Dominic Thiem vs Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves in the UK? This match will be available to stream on Amazon Prime with a subscription, and Tennis TV subscribers may also be able to stream the match

Where can I get tickets for Dominic Thiem vs Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves? Click here to purchase tickets for the 2020 Rio Open

Who won the last meeting between Dominic Thiem vs Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

DOMINIC THIEM

  • Dominic Thiem makes his return to the tour following an excellent two weeks at the Australian Open in which he reached his first final in Melbourne and led Novak Djokovic 2-1 in sets before eventually losing out to the reigning champion.
  • Following his Australian Open efforts, the Austrian made his way back up to fourth in the ATP word rankings and is set to overtake Roger Federer with a good showing here in Rio.
  • The Rio Open will be Thiem’s first clay court tournament of 2020 and, despite his recent exploits on hard courts, he is most certainly a clay specialist and arguably second only to Rafael Nadal on this surface.

FELIPE MELIGENI RODRIGUES ALVES

  • Brazilian wildcard Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves has been given a likely insurmountable task of taking on the top seed and recent Australian Open runner-up Dominic Thiem in the first round of the Rio Open.
  • This is certainly the biggest match of the 21-year-old’s young career and, furthermore, will be his first tour-level ATP match ever having played mostly in the Challenger and ITF circuit so far.
  • Alves is a former US Open boys’ doubles champion and holds a higher doubles ranking at 168th than his singles ranking, which is currently at 341st following a semi-final loss to Brazilian number one Thiago Monteiro in Uruguay earlier this month.

THE PREDICTION

Dominic Thiem will be the heavy favourite to lift the trophy here come the end of the week and this is an excellent way to start off his first match back since the crushing disappointment of a five-set Grand Slam final loss. Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves can enjoy the biggest day of his career so far in front of a supportive home crowd but the Austrian should cruise through this match in under an hour.

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