Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem has won 6 titles over the past 1.5 seasons. 5 of those titles have come on clay. By today’s standards, 22 is young on the tour and Thiem may be the brightest spot among the younger players. A young man on his favorite surface who is playing great tennis should have a shot in his first major semifinal. Shouldn’t he?
I think Thiem does have a shot, but it is contingent on Novak feeling the pressure of being 6 sets away from being the reigning champion at all 4 majors. If Novak is a bit off of his game, Thiem might play confident enough tennis to shock the world. In 3 years, I will probably be favoring Thiem over Djokovic if they meet in the second week of a major. For now, Novak’s game is just too airtight and Thiem’s weapons just aren’t quite sharp enough for me to see a changing of the guard (even if only for a day). Novak’s movement and return should be enough to turn back a feisty challenge from Dominic Thiem.
My Prediction: Novak Djokovic d. Dominic Thiem 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4