Austrian and fourth seed Dominic Thiem will be up against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the second round of the 2021 Italian Open on Tuesday, May 11. Get the live streaming options of this Dominic Thiem v Marton Fucsovics match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Dominic Thiem v Marton Fucsovics Head to Head
Apart from one meeting on the Futures circuit in 2012, Thiem had also met Fucsovics two other times on the ATP circuit. The Austrian won every single time, with all three matches having come on clay.
Their most recent outing came at the 2019 Hamburg Open where Thiem won in straight sets.
Thiem Happy with Madrid Showing
He is the US Open champion, has made it to three other Grand Slam finals and reached at least the quarterfinal in each of his five previous French Open appearances but Thiem’s recent performances on court had been a cause for worry.
So much so that when Thiem fell in straight sets to Alexander Zverev in the semifinal of the recently-concluded Madrid Masters, the Austrian expressed delight at having reached that far in the first place.
It had been his first tournament of the season on clay alright, and Thiem had come to Madrid on the back of some startling results for a world number three.
A fourth round loss at the Australian Open was followed by two defeats from three matches in Doha and Dubai and following the latter loss, Thiem went on a seven week break from the sport.
Question is whether he can mount a deep run in this competition to give himself a solid chance of becoming a serious contender at the French Open.
Fucsovics Brushes Nishioka Aside
It took Fucsovics all of 57 minutes to get past Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of this competition in Rome, winning 6-0, 6-2.
The Hungarian faced all of three break-points in the entire match, saved all of them while going on to break his opponent five times to carve out one of his easiest of the season.
Interestingly, his Japanese’s opponent best chance came in the second game of the match where Fucsovics fell three break-points behind but as soon as he had managed to save all of them, there was no looking back for him.
Earlier, the Hungarian had lost three successive matches in Miami, Monte-Carlo and Madrid before stalling his losing streak. Can he now put up somewhat of a fight against a player of way higher pedigree in this second round match?
Thiem v Fucsovics Prediction and Tip
No surprises to see we are backing Thiem to win this in straight sets despite his recent woes. He is improving and with some luck could even make it through to the semifinal before he encounters his first main threat.