Dominic Thiem v Alex de Minaur Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for US Open: Thiem Inching Closer to Elusive Grand Slam Title

Dominic Thiem v Alex de Minaur Live Streaming & Prediction

Number two seed Austrian Dominic Thiem plays Aussie Next Gen Alex de Minaur in a well-matched quarter-final encounter. The match will be played on Wednesday, September 9 and timings will be released soon. Get the live streaming options of this Dominic Thiem v Alex de Minaur match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.

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Dominic Thiem v Alex de Minaur Head to Head

This will be the third meeting between both players. Thiem has won both previous meetings, in 2017 at the US Open first round and at the 2018 Davis Cup. Aussie Alex de Minaur is a more evolved player since, however.

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Thiem Getting Stronger With Every Round

Having just turned 27 this week, Thiem has had a career full of promise, and good results, but as a result of the presence of the Big Three, he does not quite have the big tournaments under his belt the way he should.

Since the beginning of 2019, the Austrian holds an enviable 7-3 head-to-head against  Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. The 2019 Indian Wells Masters 1000 winner, remains in search of his first major title, and continues to be referred to as the “Best Player Yet to Win a Major”.

After losing two French Open finals to the ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal, Thiem missed out nearly earlier this year at the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic after leading two sets to one. Following that, the Austrian did not have the best of Februarys on the Latin American clay, before the season was suspended for the pandemic. The Austrian returned to the tour, at the Western & Southern Open, with a shock opening round loss to Filip Krajinovic.

The number two seed Thiem started a little rusty here at the US Open. He was challenged by young Spaniard Jaume Munar, in the opener, before Munar retired with an injury, but was clinical in his second round win against Indian Sumit Nagal with a convincing straight sets win.

In the third round encounter against 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic, Thiem was off to a thundering start capturing the first two sets 6-2, 6-2, in quick time, and even though Cilic clawed back to capture the third, the Austrian squeezed out a 6-3 fourth set win, playing well on big points.

In their first ever clash, Felix Auger- Aliassime was expected to push Thiem in the fourth round here in New York. The match got off to a tight start, with players exchanging break points and breaks, before Thiem clinched the set in the tiebreak. The experienced Thiem upped the level thereafter, clinching the next two sets comfortably.

The Austrian is in his second US Open quarter-final, after being in the final eight in 2018, where he lost an epic five-setter to Rafael Nadal, a match that ended at 2:04 am.  With none of the Big Three in the final either, Thiem will fancy his chances of finally winning a major title, keeping in mind that the draw is wide open with a few other equally worthy contenders.

Consistent de Minaur in First Major Quarter-Final

Alex de Minaur burst on to the scene as a teenager in 2018, when he was runner-up at two ATP tournaments, in Sydney and at the Citi Open in Washington DC.

2019 solidified his status further, as he won three ATP titles – in Sydney. Atlanta, and Zhuhai. He was also a beaten finalist at the Swiss indoors in Basel, where he was defeated by Roger Federer, and was runner-up in the season-ending Next Gen ATP finals in Milan, after a shock loss to Jannik Sinner.

Prior to this year, the Aussie had registered his best Grand Slam performance here in New York last year, when he reached the fourth-round, beating Kei Nishikori on the way, his first ever win over a top-ten ranked player, before losing to Grigor Dimitrov.

This year his US Open campaign began with a comfortable win over Andrej Martin of Slovenia, and followed it with a well-fought fourth round win against French veteran Richard Gasquet.

A tough battle against 12th seed fellow Next Gen Karen Khachanov followed, where the Aussie won the first set, but the Russian pulled back with convincing second and third set wins. De Minaur hung in and exhibited immense grit and determination, as he came back to win the next two sets and clinch a round of 16 birth again.

In the fourth round, de Minaur was up against resurgent Canadian veteran Vasek Pospisil, who had come through a similar path defeating Milos Raonic in four sets in the second round, and pulling off a similar victory in the third round against Roberto Bautista Agut, coming back from two sets to one down.

A close first set kicked off the fourth round encounter, but once the Aussie clinched it in a tiebreak coming back from behind, the next two sets were clinical for De Minaur.

The Aussie is in his first quarter-final, and has already convinced experts and fans that he is definitely set for bigger things in the near future.

Thiem v de Minaur Prediction & Tip

Although Thiem has the superior record and head-to-head,  de Minaur has come of age in recent times and exhibited impressive consistency. Thiem started slow this fortnight, but seems to be peaking at the right time and the manner of his last two wins will give him plenty of confidence.

A closer contest than we have seen between these two thus far, but think the Aussie has already spent a lot of time out there, and the experience of Thiem should prevail in no more than four sets.

Tip: Thiem to win in four sets: 11/4 (bet365)

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Samir Talwar
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