ATP Finals 2019 – Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem taking place? The O2 Arena, London

When is Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem on and what time does it start? Sunday 10th November, 2019 – 20:00 (UK)

What channel is Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem? https://www.nittoatpfinals.com/en/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem? Dominic Thiem beat Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

THE LOWDOWN

ROGER FEDERER

  • World number three Roger Federer comes into the ATP Finals off the back of his 10th Swiss Indoors title and he subsequently pulled out of the Paris Masters so he should be refreshed by Sunday evening.
  • The 38-year-old is looking for a record-extending seventh title at the ATP Finals here but he has not won since beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011 and only two of those titles were won in London.
  • The Swiss has played 59 matches this season, winning 51 of them to eight losses, which is astounding considering how many tournaments he has missed this year as he continues to reduce his schedule in order to increase his longevity.

DOMINIC THIEM

  • Dominic Thiem has had his most successful year on tour with five titles won: Indian Wells, the Barcelona Open, the Generali Open and Vienna Open (both in his native Austria) and the China Open in Beijing.
  • The world number five also made it to the final of Roland-Garros on his favoured clay surface where he lost to Rafael Nadal, but Thiem has made great strides to improve his hard-court game which shows in his three hard-court titles.
  • The 25-year-old leads a 4-2 head-to-head record over Roger Federer, including the final of Indian Wells this year, but the Swiss won their only previous match at the ATP Finals last year in straight sets.

THE PREDICTION

Where Novak Djokovic’s match with Matteo Berrettini should be all about power and baseline defence, this match between two of the silkier players on tour will be one for the purists. Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem will be a glorious spectacle for the O2 Arena crowd between two bastions of the dying art of one-handed backhands. Thiem is the only player to have beaten Federer twice this year, at Indian Wells and on clay in Madrid, and could well win this encounter too. However, a more rested Federer will always have the mental edge over Thiem, who can lose focus at any moment and, more than anything, the Swiss will not want to lose to him again. This could take a deciding set, like three of Thiem’s four previous wins over Federer, but the adoring fans can pull Roger over the line this time.

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