Dominic Thiem vs Milos Raonic, Preview and Prediction

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15 Mar 2019, 17:21 IST

Raonic and Thiem at 2016 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Raonic and Thiem at 2016 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem, two gamers who’ve had an underwhelming 2019 season to date, will conflict within the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open.

The 2 have confronted one another twice up to now, and Thiem is but to take a set off Raonic to date. Each these matches in 2016 had been on exhausting courts, as could be their semifinal conflict at Indian Wells.

Neither has had an ideal season coming into the event. The Austrian world quantity eight went down within the second spherical to Alexei Popyrin on the Australian Open. Thereafter, he entered the Argentina Open as the highest seed, however bowed out within the semifinal stage to Diego Schwartzman. He had one other failure when he misplaced within the spherical of 32 to Laslo Djere on the Rio Open.

However he appears to have discovered some kind on the BNP Paribas Open. He’s but to lose a set so far. He defeated American Jordan Thompson within the first spherical, adopted by a commanding win over Gilles Simon, a match which he dominated from the begin to the top. He broke Simon 5 occasions and allowed him to take solely 4 video games in all the match.

He then received the higher of the big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic in straight units. He broke the Croatian twice – as soon as in every set. That was sufficient to get him via to the quarter-final. He had a terrific serving day as he received 87% and 85% factors on his first and second serves, respectively.

BNP Paribas Open - Day 8
BNP Paribas Open – Day 8

He involves the semifinal well-rested as his quarter-final opponent Gael Monfils withdrew earlier than the match attributable to harm. Within the semifinal, he’ll meet big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic who too had a lackluster season earlier than coming to Indian Wells.

Raonic had misplaced his first match of the season-opening Brisbane Worldwide to Daniil Medvedev. He had a good Australian Open, the place he managed to succeed in the quarter-finals, shedding to Lucas Pouille in 4 units.

However he faltered in his subsequent two tournaments, shedding to Stan Wawrinka within the second spherical at Rotterdam and to Jan-Lennard Struff within the first spherical of Dubai. However he has appeared good at Indian Wells to date, avenging his loss to Struff within the third spherical right here.

Within the quarter-final towards Kecmanovic, he received 88% of his first serve factors and didn’t get damaged even as soon as, whereas breaking his opponent twice, as soon as in every set.

Though Thiem is producing a few of his greatest tennis on this event, contemplating it’s a exhausting court docket, which isn’t the Austrian’s favorite floor, it’s the Canadian who has the sting going into this match.

Prediction: Milos Raonic to win in three Units

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