The fifth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria will play World No.58 Reilly Opelka in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday, May 7. The match is scheduled to start not before 6.35pm local time (5.35 pm BST). You can find the Dominic Thiem v Reilly Opelka live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Dominic Thiem v Reilly Opelka Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between Thiem and Opelka on any surface.
Thiem Handed Tougher Draw, With Federer and Djokovic Lurking
Dominic Thiem captured his first European clay court title above the 250 level when he won the Barcelona Open, powering past in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final. Thiem had already taken out Nadal in the semifinals further sending shockwaves across the tennis world on the struggles the Spaniard is experiencing.
Nadal’s defeats will only open the door for the dynamic Austrian and the rest of the pack to pounce on any opportunity.
Thiem is undoubtedly enjoying his career-best season having joined Roger Federer and just recently Christian Garin as multiple ATP tour winners this year.
After an up-and-down opening two months of 2019, he has hit top gear at the right time. His straight sets win over Nadal in Barcelona made him just the second player after Novak Djokovic to have beaten the 11-time French Open champion at least four times on his beloved dirt.
Thiem though, has been handed a tougher draw with the returning Roger Federer his projected quarterfinal opponent, and potentially Novak Djokovic waiting in the last four.
Opelka Finding Form On Clay
Reilly Opelka won his first-ever tour-level match on clay in the first round of the Estoril Open last week following a 7-6 6-4 win over Pedro Sousa.
Incidentally, he picked up his second win on the dirt with a similar scoreline when he beat Pablo Carreno Busta in the opening round in Madrid, winning 87% of first serve points. Predictably, Opelka’s big serving played a part in that win as he sent down 14 aces.
The American’s best moment of his career came at the New York Open when he won his maiden tour-level title. However, Apart from that success, Opelka has won back-to-back matches only once and that was in Miami. Will he snap that streak when he takes on last year’s runner-up?
Thiem v Opelka Predictions & Tips
If you possess a big serve like Opelka does, then you have a good chance of squeaking through matches even against top quality opposition. But on the clay, Thiem has other qualities like athleticism and shot-making which Opelka may come second best in those departments, and likely second best in this match.
Tip: Thiem to win in straight sets: 11/20 (888Sport)