Dominic Thiem plays Ivo Karlovic in the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 on Wednesday, March 13. The match is scheduled for 12.40 pm local time (8.40 pm BST) and you can find the Dominic Thiem v Ivo Karlovic live streaming options here.
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Dominic Thiem v Ivo Karlovic Head to Head
The players are yet to meet on the ATP tour.
Thiem Hoping for Return to Consistent Form
Austrian Dominic Thiem has had his best results on clay with sub optimal results elsewhere. However, at the 2018 US Open on the slower hard courts he showed much promise losing in the quarter finals to Rafael Nadal in an epic battle. With somewhat similar conditions at the Indian Wells Masters, Thiem has looked promising in his first two matches this year thus far.
Thiem has had a disappointing start to 2019 thus far, with indifferent form, results and fitness worries leading to early defeats at the Australian Open and on the South American clay courts. This week, thus far he has had a hard fought win over Australian Jordan Thompson and a more convincing win against Frenchman Giles Simon.
Thiem will be hoping for a deep run at Indian Wells to solidify his presence on the tour and be ready for the European clay court season.
Ageless Karlovic Continues To Make His Presence Felt
Forty Year Old giant serving Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man this week, to win a main draw match at Indian Wells. Karlovic started his campaign with a two tiebreak win against Australian Matthew Ebden, followed by an impressive straight sets win against rising countryman Borna Coric.
In his third round encounter, Karlovic defeated Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran who himself had scored some memorable wins en route the round of 32.
6’11” Karlovic with his giant serve has always been difficult to break and has only dropped serve twice this week. With a serve and volley game, that has been more dependent on the serve, Karlovic’s wingspan has always made it difficult to pass him at the net. This week, not surprsingly both his first and second serve have been lethal.
However, Karlovic is not the best mover on the court and with a return game like Thiem’s, his serve can come under pressure.
Dominic Thiem v Ivo Karlovic Predictions & Tips
It should be a close match between Karlovic’s giant serve and Thiem’s ability to return with powerful grand strokes. Expect Karlovic to continue to serve strongly and be difficult to break and what will be crucial in determining the fate of the match is how well the Thiem forehand and single handed backhand are on the day. Predict a tussle on the cards, with the younger Thiem winning in three sets.
Tip: Thiem to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)
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