The number seven seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia will play the number three seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in the final of the ATP Barcelona Open on Sunday, April 28. The match will begin from 4 pm local time (3 pm BST) and you can find the Dominic Thiem v Daniil Medvedev live streaming options here.
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Dominic Thiem v Daniil Medvedev Head to Head
The pair have played each other once before in St. Petersburg last year, Thiem winning a quarter-final match on the indoor hard court surface in three sets.
Medvedev’s First Senior Clay Court Final
Before the start of the tournament in Monte-Carlo two weeks ago, Medvedev had a dismal record on clay – with just 2 wins spread over three seasons on the surface. Yet, in less than a fortnight, he has completely overturned that form.
First he reached the semi-final in the Principality before going down to Dusan Lajovic, whilst, here in Barcelona, he has gone one better and reached his first clay court final on the senior ATP tour.
Having been comparatively untroubled in his matches earlier in the week, he was given a much stiffer task by Kei Nishikori, twice a winner of this event and seeded four this year. Yet, despite dropping the second set to the Japanese he regrouped, fighting back from a break down in the third, and eventually won 7-5.
Thiem: Now the Old King is Dead, Long Live the King!
The winner in Indian Wells, Thiem is on the brink of another major signature tournament win this year. Having progressed serenely through to the semi-finals after straight sets wins against Diego Schwartman, Jaume Munar and Guido Pella, he was handed the toughest challenge of all on this surface in his semi-final, with a match against the King of Clay, and 11-time previous champion Rafael Nadal.
Yet, not only did he achieve his fourth career victory over the Spaniard, avenging his loss in the final of Roland Garros last year, but he did so in straight sets as well.
With the French Open now just five weeks away, and with Nadal going down to his second loss on clay in a week, bookmakers may be rushing to adjust their odds for that event, with not a few ready to slash Thiem’s odds on lifting that prize as well.
Thiem v Medvedev Predictions & Tips
Thiem will start odds-on favourite at 1/2, whilst Medvedev is priced at 9/5. Medvedev has defied all experts’ expectations, and perhaps his own, to get this far, but Thiem on this surface, appears to hold all the cards. Provided he guards against complacency, and does not think that beating Nadal is enough to get the job done, he should be lifting his second major trophy of the year on Sunday afternoon.
Tip: Thiem to win in straight sets: 4/1 (888Sport)