World number three Dominic Thiem will face the toughest battle of his 2020 French Open campaign when he takes on Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals of the 2020 French Open with the match scheduled for Tuesday, October 6. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Looking for the live streaming options of this Dominic Thiem v Diego Schwartzman match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here? Read on.
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Dominic Thiem v Diego Schwartzman Head to Head
There have been eight previous matches between Thiem and Schwartzman. Thiem leads 6-2 having won one as recently as the 2020 ATP Cup earlier this year, and leading the Argentine 3-1 on clay.
Schwartzman’s two wins came at the 2017 Montreal Masters and the 2019 Barcelona Open.
This will be their first meeting at a Grand Slam event.
Thriller for Thiem After Near Bungle
The world number three from Austria looked to be on course to another quarterfinal with an easy, straight-set win against a player ranked outside the top 200. A break in each of the two sets and then a break-back to level the scores at 3-3 in the third meant the match was heading towards a one-sided finish.
At 4-4 in the third set, Thiem had a break point to try and end the match but Hugo Gaston, his opponent held his nerve to win the game and then break Thiem at 6-5 to clinch the set.
Thiem’s intensity fell away even as Gaston’s confidence grew with that set and he broke the Austrian yet again in the fourth set to level the match. Out of nowhere, the momentum had shifted and the previously, almost-timid showing from Gaston seemed to have disappeared into thin air.
The final set went to serve till the seventh game before Thiem finally surged ahead with a break of serve in the eighth, getting only one break-point to do that. Serving for the match, Thiem then faced a break-point, which he saved before closing it out to win 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3.
Thiem had earlier had no worries overpowering Marin Cilic, Jack Sock and Casper Ruud in his first three rounds, winning all of them in straight sets.
Schwartzman Sizzles to Send Out Sonego
The Argentine number one has played four rounds and is yet to drop a set so far.
A finalist at the Rome Masters, Schwartzman crushed his latest victim in the fourth round of the French Open, beating Lorenzo Sonego without an iota of a worry. In a match lasting less than two hours, Schwartzman won eight of the 11 break-points he had to clinch the match 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 and cement his place in the quarterfinal for the second time at Roland-Garros.
The big difference in the match came in the form of the unforced errors, which Schwartzman avoided making too many (23) while his opponent responded with 48 over the course of the encounter. The Argentine also took advantage of Sonego’s poor second serve, winning 74% of the points off it.
Schwartzman had faced Miomir Kecmanovic, the Kitzbuhel Open winner in the first round here but beyond that, things have looked fairly straightforward for the former world number 11. In the second round, he brushed aside Lorenzo Giustino before registering another straight-set win over Norbert Gombos in the third.
In Thiem, the quality of opposition will shoot up drastically for Schwartzman but given his own form on clay, it could well result in a top draw encounter.
Thiem v Schwartzman Prediction and Tip
Thiem is 2/5 to win this as compared to Schwartzman’s 2/1 with bet365. We had predicted Thiem would win against Gaston but drop at least a set, and that’s what we will go with for this match too.
Tip: Thiem to win AND Both players to win a set: 6/4 (bet365)