Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev - Semifinals - ATP Finals - Preview and Prediction

The battle of two talented next-gen players is set to take place as World number four, Dominic Thiem takes on World number seven, Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of ATP finals.

Key Insights

  • Thiem leads Zverev 5-2 in the head to head record 
  • Zverev is the ATP finals defending champion
  • Thiem has reached his first semifinal after playing four times in the ATP Finals
  • Zverev beat Federer and Djokovic in last year's ATP Finals
  • Thiem beat Federer and Djokovic in this year's tournament
  • Thiem and Zverev are tied 1-1 on hard-courts
  • All the matches of Zverev in this year's ATP Finals have finished in straight sets
  • Thiem has won three hard-court titles in 2019
  • Zverev has won one hard-court title this year


It has been a terrific tournament for Thiem. He has played attacking tennis. The "Prince of Clay" has made a perfect transition to hard-courts just like a fish takes to water.

After winning two matches in a row, the Austrian suffered a surprise loss to Matteo Berrettini. 

Strengths of Thiem

High first-serve winning percentage, consistent break-point conversion and ability to win deciding sets have been Thiem's weapons

On the other hand, it has been a topsy-turvy tournament for Zverev. The German kick-started his campaign stunning Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-4. He got thrashed in straight sets by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next match.  In a must-win encounter to reach the semis, "Sascha" played high-quality tennis under pressure to win and reach the semis.

Strengths of Zverev

A big-serve, solid defense and versatility has been Zverev's plus-points

"The O2 is the most special arena for me. It is where I play my best tennis. The atmosphere here is something we do not play in anywhere else in the world, it is so special to us”, said Zverev after beating Medvedev 6-4 7-6.

Whatever be the result, a 26 year-old Thiem taking on a 22 year-old Zverev in a big match is one of the best things happening to the future of tennis. The cross-roads are here as the old guards of tennis battle the new stars.

Prediction - Dominic Thiem to win in three sets

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