Dominic Thiem plays Diego Schwartzman in the second round of the Barcelona ATP Masters 500. And the match will be played on Tuesday, April 23, kick-starting at around 5 pm local time (4 pm BST). Get Dominic Thiem v Diego Schwartzman live streaming options here.
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Dominic Thiem v Diego Schwartzman Head to Head
The two players have met five times on the ATP circuit with Thiem winning the first three and Schwartzman the next two. Their most recent encounter was on the Buenos Aires clay which Schwartzman won in three sets with Thiem squandering opportunities to close the match.
Thiem In Search of Consistent Clay Swing
Often referred to as the successor to Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem continues to search for levels of consistency that he has failed to achieve throughout his short career so far.
Thiem has beaten Novak Djokovic on clay in 2017 and Rafael Nadal on clay in 2018, along with defeating Roger Federer at Indian Wells last month in the final to win the title. Despite that he has been unable to maintain promising form and results over an extended period of time.
2019 did not get off to a good start for the Austrian with a poor Australian Open followed by dismal losses on the Latin American clay swing, a place where he has won titles in recent years. The Indian Wells Masters victory was one that not many saw coming, but this was followed by disappointing early losses at both the Miami Open and the Monte Carlo Masters.
With the European clay court swing well underway, and with inconsistent form of many of the top ranked favorites, including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Thiem will be hoping to strike some favorable form imminently and take steps towards deep runs at the various clay court tournaments.
After a first round bye, he is up against clay court specialist and good friend from Argentina Diego Schwartzman.
Schwartzman Looking to Return to Form
Diego Schwartzman continues to look for the game and consistency that he displayed in 2017-2018 when he was in the reckoning to break into the top 10 of the ATP ranking and even in contention for the ATP finals in London at some point. At the 2018 French Open, Schwartzman had Rafael Nadal on the mat, down a set and a break before a rain delay allowed the Spaniard to recuperate and turn the momentum in his favor.
2019 has not been the best of years for Schwartzman with inconsistent form and results. His best result was a finals appearance at Buenos Aires after beating Thiem in the finals, where he lost convincingly to Italian Marco Cecchinato.
A talented and able clay-courter, Schwartzman, like Thiem will be hoping for some consistent form over the course of the clay swing. A drop in rankings recently resulted in Schwartzman playing qualifiers at Barcelona and a tricky three set first round win against Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.
Thiem v Schwartzman Predictions & Tips
The players match up well on clay with both strong from the baseline as well as having the ability to grind the opponent down. Thiem’s ability to be relentless with his groundstrokes from the back of the court stands out among most on the tour. Being hitting partners and good friends, they are well aware of each other’s games.
A close battle is on the cards, with both players looking to make a deep run this on the clay. Expect Thiem to win in three tight sets.
Tip: Thiem to win in three: 29/10 (888Sport)