Second seed Dominic Thiem will take on Chilean Christian Garin at the second round of the 2020 Vienna Open. This will be their first-ever meeting on the ATP Tour.
- Fixture: Christian Garin vs Dominic Thiem
- Date: 29th October 2020
- Tournament: ATP Erste Bank Open
- Round: Round of 16
- Venue: Vienna, Austria
- Category: ATP 500
- Surface: Hard-Court
- Prize Money: Approx. €1,409,510
Christian Garin vs Dominic Thiem: Match Preview
24-year-old Christian Garin had an outstanding start to the 2020 season, with two titles under his belt, propelling him to his career-best ranking of 18. However, since then, his form has slipped with disappointing early exits in many tournaments. He made the semifinals of the Hamburg Open and the third round at Roland Garros.
The World No. 22’s first-round match in Vienna was against a tough opponent – three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka. It was always going to be a hard match for the young Chilean. However, he showed some perseverance and skill to outlast the Swiss and emerge the victor in three sets.
In the second round, he awaits a much tougher opponent in Dominic Thiem. The second seed and home favorite will be looking to impress in his home country by defending the Vienna title, which will give him a boost for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals.
The Austrian has a commendable 20-6 win-loss record this season and one very special title too – the US Open, his first Grand Slam title. While he has been handed a tricky draw at this year’s Vienna Open, he will be having crowd support by his side. His first-round match was scheduled to be against Kei Nishikori, who withdrew from the tournament. The match was then rescheduled, and Vitaliy Sachko, a player who missed out on qualifying, got the lucky chance to play.
The match proved to be an obstacle course for Thiem, but he emerged largely unscathed and clinched the victory in straight sets.
Christian Garin vs Dominic Thiem: Head-to-Head
The two players have never faced each other before on the ATP Tour. This will be their first meeting, and the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Christian Garin vs Dominic Thiem: Match Prediction
Dominic Thiem is the clear favorite to win this match. But with both players being among the top 25 of the world, anything can happen. Christian Garin has proven himself to be a resilient player after the match against Stan Wawrinka. His good movement and strong backhand are world-class and could prove to be a problem to the Austrian.
However, Thiem has a bag of his own tricks up his sleeve. A strong baseliner, his one-handed backhand could exploit many different angles that Garin could find it difficult to approach. Moreover, Garin’s lack of prowess with attempting high balls could provide an opportunity for Thiem to get some good points. Thiem’s added confidence on the hardcourts after his US Open victory will give him the edge to prevail over the Chilean.
Match Prediction: Dominic Thiem to win in straight sets against Christian Garin.