The number five seed Dominic Thiem of Austria will take on the number six seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Sunday, November 17. The match is scheduled for 8 pm BST and you can find the Dominic Thiem v Stefanos Tsitsipas live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Dominic Thiem v Stefanos Tsitsipas Head to Head
The pair have played each other six times before, and Thiem leads their head-to-head series by four matches to two, including their only encounter this year at the Beijing Open. All their other matches took place in 2018.
Thiem Revising his Opinion about Hard Courts?
26 year old Thiem has made no secret of the fact that hard courts are not his favourite surface. However, having won in Indian Wells at the start of the year, in Vienna two weeks ago and after now reaching the final at the O2 Arena, he may have to revisit that opinion.
He has had a fine week in London, having beaten both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the round robin stage, and then ousting the defending champion Alexander Zverev in the semi-final on Saturday evening.
In truth though, although he played well against the German, his victory owed as much to his opponent choking on the big points, particularly in the first set, when Zverev’s serve, which had been his most potent weapon to that point, deserted him at the key moment, handing a break and the set to the Austrian.
And the pattern repeated itself in the second set, when the German faltered on his serve in the sixth game, allowing Thiem to break once more and close out the match.
Tsitsipas, Victory over Federer Earns Him First London Final
A year ago, Tsitsipas was playing in and winning the Next Gen ATP Finals. It is a measure of the progress he has made in the intervening period that, 12 months later, he has earned the chance to take the senior end-of-season tournament, and earn the biggest win of his career to date.
After topping the Andre Agassi Group win wins over Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, and with a narrow loss to Rafael Nadal behind him, the youngest man in the competition found his path to further barred by the oldest man in the event, and six-time previous winner Roger Federer.
Yet it was the Greek who, as he has done all week, played the bigger points better. Tsitsipas faced twelve break points in the match but saved eleven of them. By contrast, he created four break points of his own on the Federer serve and converted three of them. He won the match when Federer ended a baseline rally by hitting the ball long, and celebrated by writing “Stranger things” on the on-court camera.
Dominic Thiem v Stefanos Tsitsipas Predictions & Tips
Due to his greater experience and better head-to-head record Thiem will start as the slight favourite to win this match at 5/6, whilst Tsitsipas is priced at 2/1. The two men know each other well, and are friends from the time when Tsitsipas was hired as a hitting partner for Thiem. However, this may be time for the apprentice to take over from the master, and the man who has played the best tennis in London to get his reward.
Tip: Tsitsipas to win in three sets: 3/1 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)