Novak Djokovic plays Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the French Open, on Friday, June 7 with the match to start at around 12.50 pm local time (11.50 am BST). You can find the Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem Head to Head
The two players have met eight times with Djokovic leading the head-to-head 6-2. They have met five times on the clay, with Djokovic leading 3-2 and are tied 1-1 at Roland Garros. They met in the semi-finals of the French Open in 2016 and quarter finals in 2017. In 2016, Djokovic played an up and coming Thiem and won in straight sets. In 2017, Thiem played an unsettled Djokovic and won in straight sets, including a 6-0 final set. They have met once on clay this year, at Madrid, with Djokovic winning in two close tiebreakers.
Djokovic Moving Through Like a Man with a Mission
World number one Novak Djokovic has qualified for his 34th Grand Slam semi-final as he continues his quest to hold all four slams together at the same time, a feat he last accomplished by winning at Roland Garros in 2016.
Since his injury lay-off in 2017-2018, and indifferent form soon thereafter, Djokovic has come back strong to regain the world number one ranking and winning Wimbledon 2018, US Open 2018 and the Australian Open earlier this year.
Djokovic continued his clinical performance at the French Open, in his quarter-finals, not dropping a set in his 7-5,6-2,6-2 win against Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev. The match got off to an even start on-serve in the first set, with Zverev playing well with a mix of heavy groundstrokes, and strong serving, putting pressure on Djokovic early, with break points early on.
At 4-4 in the first set, Zverev was able to break and was two points away from serving out the set. However, the Serb managed to find his rhythm and broke Djokovic to even the set at 5-5, followed by another break to close the first set at 7-5. Djokovic was in control thereafter, and winning the next two sets 6-2,6-2 in invincible fashion.
Coming in as one of the two favorites along with Rafael Nadal, Djokovic next faces fourth seed and clay court specialist Dominic Thiem, in the semi-finals.
Another Roland Garros Semi Final for the Prince of Clay
Fourth seed Dominic Thiem is in familiar territory again, as he qualifies for his fourth consecutive Roland Garros semi-finals. Acclaimed as the ‘Prince of Clay’ and a worthy successor to Nadal’s dominance at Roland Garros, the Austrian is in distinguished company in the semi-finals. The other three semifinalists have 52 Grand Slams between them, while Thiem is in search for his first.
Thiem’s last three French Opens ended with defeats at the hands of Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal respectively. 2019 has been a mixed year for Thiem, with a poor performance during the South American clay swing, but he recovered to record his first ATP 1000 Masters title on the hard courts of Indian Wells, an ATP 500 title at Barcelona and the semi-finals at the Madrid Masters.
The Austrian’s French Open got off to a sluggish start with four set matches in his early rounds, but he has looked more assured since. The last two rounds have seen Thiem defeat Frenchman Gael Monfils and ‘Next Gen’ Russian star Karen Khachanov in impressive fashion, winning both in straight sets losing only ten games per match.
Djokovic v Thiem Predictions & Tips
This French Open clash is a more evenly matched encounter, between the two individuals that are the most capable of uprooting Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. With both players having looked convincing in their straight set quarter final victories, this promises to be a tight encounter.
Thiem will be focused to get closer to his first French Open and Grand slam title and has all the tools to beat the world number one. Djokovic knows on the other hand, that he is on the verge of created history again. Expect Djokovic to emerge in a five set thriller.
Djokovic to win in five sets: 23/5 (888Sport)