Recently crowned US Open champion Dominic Thiem will face Diego Schwartzman in the French Open quarter-finals on Tuesday, 6 October 2020.
The winner of this quarter-final duel will face either the 12-time champion Rafael Nadal or Italian teenage sensation Jannik Sinner in the semi-finals.
Dominic Thiem and Diego Schwartzman already have eight meetings between them and the Austrian holds a considerable 6-2 lead over his Argentinean counterpart. There also is an absolute parity in their results on the different surfaces as Thiem also holds a 3-1 advantage whether they play on clay or on hard courts.
Furthermore, Thiem has won each of their last three matches, including a 2-1 win in the final match of the 2019 Vienna Open, and is a red hot favorite to once again prevail at the Roland Garros.
However, the upcoming French Open quarterfinal would be their first Major duel and Schwartzman will try to beat the odds in the French capital.
No. 12 seed Diego Schwartzman comes off a fantastic performance at the Rome Masters where the Argentinian reached his First Masters final. Furthermore, against all the odds, Schwartzman finally defeated Rafael Nadal, after nine previous unsuccessful attempts, and his message after the victory against the nine-time champion was pretty straightforward: “It was my best match ever.”
Diego Schwartzman Betting Preview
Schwartzman has been simply flawless since the beginning of his French Open campaign but he has never met one of the seeded players en route to the quarter-finals and the first one he’ll face is the US Open Champion and No. 3 in the ATP Rankings Dominic Thiem.
Diego Schwartzman continued his winning march at the Roland Garros as he eased past through Italian sensation Lorenzo Sonego in the round of 16 for two hours and thereby the 28-years-old Argentinian reached the French Open quarter-finals for the second time in his career. He previously did so two years ago – when he lost 3-1 to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.
In the previous rounds, Schwartzman scored three more clear wins against Serbia’s talent Miomir Kecmanović, Italy qualifier Lorenzo Giustino and Norbert Gombos of Slovakia.
Even though Schwartzman has just 3 ATP titles to his name, his recent form suggests that he’s doing quite well and comes off an impressive performance at the Rome Masters where he reached his first ever Masters final, yet he lost 5-7, 3-6 to Novak Djokovic.
Building on his 2019 performance, when he lost to Djokovic in the semi-finals, his path to the final was quite remarkable as Diego Schwartzman dethroned the defending champion Rafael Nadal, beating him in straight sets in the quarter-finals, and he also won 2-1 against Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals.
The defeat on the clay courts in Italian capital Rome was Schwartzman’s third final since last October but unfortunately, the Argentine has lost all of them and is yet to win a trophy since his triumph at the Los Cabos Open in Mexico in August 2019.
Schwartzman withdrew from the Hamburg Open as a result of his prolonged appearance at the Italian Open but would fancy his chances of coming closer to his best ever Grand Slam performance. Schawrtzman already reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 French Open, as well the quarter-finals of the US Open in 2017 and 2019.
Schwartzman was seeded 9th at the 2020 US Open, but left the competition too early as he suffered a 3-2 defeat to Cameron Norrie of the United Kingdom in the first round.
Dominic Thiem Betting Preview
The 27-years-old Austrian managed to break the status quo and will be keen to reach another Major final in 2020, having previously participated in the showdowns at the Australian Open and the US Open. While the memories of his brilliant comeback against Sascha Zverev at the US Open are still fresh, Thiem played another thrilling five-setter in the Australian Open final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
Reaching back-to-back finals at the French Open in 2018 and 2019, Thiem might have another opportunity to dethrone Rafael Nadal, but this could happen as early as in the semi-finals, but first the Austrian has to deal with an in-form Diego Schwartzman.
Whereas Thiem was confident and convincing to beat the likes of Marin Cilic, Jack Sock and 28-seed Casper Ruud all in straight-sets, no one was expecting that wildcard Hugo Gaston of France, energized by the home crowd, would be his greatest challenge at the Roland Garros.
The Austrian was probably thinking that his job is pretty much done when he earned a 2-0 lead against France’s Hugo Gaston but the US Open Champion had to spend 3 hours and 36 minutes to seal his quarter-final spot as he claimed a 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3 win on Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday.
Untypically, Thiem made 63 unforced errors in his clash against the Frenchman and the unexpected five-setter was a reality check for the Austrian. You might already have a Grand Slam crown to your head, but your opponents won’t mind taking your scalp and you should work harder to maintain consistency.
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Apart from the Big Three in men’s tennis, if there’s someone who might represent a stern test to Thiem’s current form and ability – it has to be one of the shortest players in men’s tennis, but high on quality – Diego Schwartzman.
Dominic Thiem is a -188 favorite to extend his winning march while you can get odds of +168 on the Argentinian, who has proved to be a tricky contender and will fancy his chances of causing a remarkable upset.
Schwartzman has already defeated Thiem on clay courts when he won 2-1 in the semi-finals of the 2019 Buenos Aires Open but has lost each of the following three meetings between them.
Anyway, this won’t be a stroll in the park for the Austrian and we expect a tight encounter with Over 39 Games.
Spooky Express Free Play: Over 39 Games -111 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units