World number four Dominic Thiem plays Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the semi-finals of the Austrian Open at Kitzbuhel on Friday, August 2. The match is scheduled from 3 pm local time (2 pm BST) and you can find the Dominic Thiem v Lorenzo Sonego live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Dominic Thiem v Lorenzo Sonego Head to Head
The two players have never met on the ATP tour and this will be their first ever meeting.
Thiem Inching Closer to First Kitzbuhel Title
French Open finalist Dominic Thiem is in the semi-finals at Kitzbuhel, as he strives to become the first Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1993 to win the title.
Thiem has had two straight set wins this week against fellow countryman Sebastian Ofner and Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar this week. Despite a slight hiccup in the second set against Andujar, the Austrian top seed has looked comfortable and in control.
The world number four has had a strong clay court season, winning the Barcelona ATP 500 and was a finalist at the French Open, after an epic semifinal victory against world number one Novak Djokovic. He also won his first ATP Masters 1000 earlier this year, on the hard courts of Indian Wells.
Although Thiem remains a strong favorite at the tournament, he has never won the title, despite playing every year since 2014.
Sorengo in Midst of Confident Week
Italian Lorenzo Sonego has been on the tour for about 18 months and broke into the top 50 of the ATP rankings for the first time a few weeks ago, with a career high ranking of number 46. He is currently ranked 56th in the world.
The 24 year-old Italian won his first ever ATP singles title the week before Wimbledon at the ATP 250 in Antalya in Turkey.
Sonego has already had his work cut this week at Kitzbuhel, winning his first two matches in final set tiebreaks against Fedrico Delbonis and Roberto Carballes Baena. He followed it up with a very impressive straight sets win over Spanish veteran and third see Fernando Verdasco.
Dominic Thiem v Lorenzo Sonego Predictions & Tips
Both players are most at home on clay. While there is pressure on Thiem to win his first ever Austrian Open title, Sonego will play more freely. Despite saving nine match points already in the first two rounds, the Italian has looked strong on the clay.
Sonego can cause a few problems for Thiem, but will be difficult to envision him winning the match. Expect Thiem to appear in the title match at Kitzbuhel with a straight sets win.
Tip: Thiem to win in two sets: 3/5 (888Sport)