In the Round of 16 clash at the Rome Masters 2021, World No. 4 and the 4th seeded Dominic Thiem will be up against World No. 33 Lorenzo Sonego.
- Tournament: ATP Rome Masters 1000
- Match: Dominic Thiem vs Lorenzo Sonego
- Round: Round of 16
- Date: 13th May, 2021
- Prize Money: € 28,200
- Venue: Rome, Italy
- Surface: Clay Court
Dominic Thiem vs Lorenzo Sonego : Preview
Dominic Thiem has not made a start he would have liked to. The World No. 4 from Austria is yet to reach a final this year. He had taken a break to recover from his knee injury and from the constant life in the bio-bubble which the players have to stay in during the tournaments.
He comes to Rome from his best tournament performance of the season, reaching the semi-finals at the Madrid Masters 2021 where he lost to one of his arch rival and eventual champion, Alexander Zverev who recorded his first victory over Thiem after 4 consecutive defeats against the Austrian. He comes from a first round bye and a 3-setter win in the 2nd round.
Lorenzo Sonego has been struggling to find consistency and has been making early exits at the tournament. He has still won a title this year, winning the Cagliari Open 2021 in his homeland in Italy. His 2nd best performance came at the Montpellier 2021 where he made it till the quarter-finals but apart from this he has failed to qualify ahead of the Round of 16.
He comes to Rome from the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 where he faced defeat in the Round of 32 to Zverev. At the Rome Masters, Sonego won his first round in 3-sets and followed it up with a straight round victory in the 2nd round.
Dominic Thiem vs Lorenzo Sonego : Head to Head
The duo have met just once on the tour, with the meeting taking place in the semi-finals at the Generali Open 2019 where Thiem won in straight sets. Dominic Thiem leads the head-to-head tie 1-0.
Dominic Thiem vs Lorenzo Sonego : Prediction
Lorenzo Sonego has failed to perform consistently while Thiem even though having played less games looks in good touch and form. While Sonego has thrived on Clay with a 7-1 record, Thiem has also been fantastic with 4-1 record for himself.
While Thiem comes from a long 3-setter, Sonego has won comfortably and will be well rested looking to make use of this to win the match and repeat his Cagliari feat.
Prediction: Dominic Thiem to win in straight sets.