Dominic Thiem vs Stefanos Tsitsipas: Nitto ATP Finals Preview and Prediction
A rematch of last year's finals sees third seed Dominic Thiem lock horns against the defending champion and sixth seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Nitto ATP Finals.
- Thiem leads the head to head record 4-3 against Tsitsipas.
- Tsitsipas won the tournament last year on his debut defeating Thiem in the finals in three sets.
- Thiem is playing for the fifth time in the ATP Finals with one runner-up finish and three exits in the group stages.
- Tsitsipas has already won one indoor hard court title this year after triumphing in the Marseille Open.
After a straight-set loss to the in-form Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals of the Vienna Open, Thiem would look to get back to full flow after suffering a toe injury which forced him to skip the Paris Masters. His manager, Herwig Straka confirmed that the Austrian is fully fit.
The players will be in for a new experience due to the coronavirus enforced lockdown in the UK. With no fans and no common player dinners, they will have to solely focus on their tennis irrespective of the conditions.
Tsitsipas is coming into this tournament after a thrilling three-hour loss to Ugo Humbert in the second round of the Paris Masters. The Greek has been dealing with a leg injury. He will look to give his best out there given the fact that he is considered to be one of the serious contenders after emerging victorious last year.
Thiem has an inherent ability to win tie-breakers and deciding sets with his consistent hitting from the baseline.
Tsitsipas possesses a big serve, is ice-cool under pressure, and has a good breakpoint conversion rate.
Thiem and Tsitsipas represent the new dawn of tennis with fearlessness, excitement, and versatility in their game.
Thiem will be gunning for revenge while Tsitsipas will look to start his title defense campaign with a win.
Prediction - Stefanos Tsitsipas to win in three sets
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