World number four Dominic Thiem will hope to continue his winning run when he takes on American and 39th-ranked John Isner in the quarterfinal round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Friday, May 7. Get the live streaming options of this Dominic Thiem v John Isner match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dominic Thiem v John Isner Head to Head
There have been two previous meetings between these players and the scoreline reads 1-1. Both came in 2015 with Thiem winning the one on clay in Nice, and moving into the final. Incidentally he went on to win the title there, thereby lifting his maiden career trophy.
Thiem Scrapes Past De Minaur
It wasn’t the most straightforward straight-set wins for Thiem but he will be glad to have come through and seal his place in the quarterfinals after having been out of the game for that long.
Thiem, who had last played a match before this competition in Miami in March and then gone on a break, needed an hour and 53 minutes to get past Alex De Minaur. He won 7-6 (7), 6-4 to march into the last eight.
It wasn’t a very quick start for the Austrian either, who got broken in the very first game of the match. And when De Minaur saved three break-points in the second game to hold on to his own serve things looked to be getting tougher for Thiem.
It was in the sixth game that Thiem broke back and from there on took it to the tie-breaker. He staved off a set-point against him, missed one of his own before clinching the set but what would worry the Austrian would be his inability to get past his opponent’s serve more than the once he did in that opening set.
The second set proved to be as tough despite the scoreline. Thiem had to save three break-points in the second game, then lost his serve advantage in the sixth before finally clinching a decisive break in the seventh to pocket the encounter.
Thiem had had a first round bye and then crushed Marcos Giron in the second round before this. Can he grow back into his best rhythm for his quarterfinals?
Isner Blasts Past Stodgy Rublev
Andrey Rublev is an in-form player, and was a favourite coming into his third round match against Isner. The American, however, had looked like he was getting back to his best from his previous rounds and nearly 30 aces later, he came through yet again to make his third successive quarterfinal in Madrid.
What was so fascinating about Isner’s two hours, nine minutes effort was he won despite earning not a single break-point. He faced three in the process and was broken twice – both of which came in the second set – but that did nothing to dislodge him from his desire.
Having come into his first clay court competition of the season with barely any form under his belt, Isner looks to have gone back to relying on his serve to get his results – even on dirt.
He has already featured in five tie-breakers across three matches, and barely managed a break of serve in those encounters. And yet, here we are, with the American looking to challenge Thiem in this last-eight encounter.
Thiem v Isner Prediction and Tip
Again, Isner wouldn’t be a favourite coming into this one but then that has been the case over the last two rounds too and he has found a way to win. While Thiem is a much better player on clay, the Austrian is also looking to re-establish some of those credentials given his time off the court and that makes this an intriguing encounter.
Expect a three-setter.