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Thiem vs Lajovic ATP Monte-Carlo live streaming, preview and tips - Thiem going for sixth consecutive clay win over Lajovic

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 18 Apr 2019
  • Dominic Thiem vs Dusan Lajovic is live from Monte-Carlo around 2.00pm local time on Thursday (1.00pm BST)
  • Thiem has won all five of their previous meetings on clay, dropping just one set combined
Dominic Thiem (PA Images)

Dominic Thiem targets his sixth straight win on clay over Dusan Lajovic when the pair square off for a place in the Monte-Carlo Masters quarter-finals on Thursday.

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Indian Wells champion and fourth seed Dominic Thiem looks to improve to 6-0 over Dusan Lajovic on clay as the pair clash in the Round of 16 at the Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday.

Confronted with a challenging opening match in Monte-Carlo as he came up against the dangerous Martin Klizan, who he has a 1-4 record against, Thiem was clinical and comprehensive, dismantling the Slovakian with some supreme serving and a rock-solid baseline game as he emerged triumphant 6-1 6-4 in one hour and 24 minutes. Thiem didn’t face a break point throughout the straight sets victory and won an impressive 20 of 23 points behind his first serve, while he also prevailed in 14 out of 20 second serve points, highlighting just how dominant he was in all aspects of the match.

After claiming his first Masters 1000 title on the hardcourts of Indian Wells last month, Thiem is trying to secure his first big piece of clay silverware over the coming months in Europe. The Austrian has won eight clay-court titles throughout his career, but only one of them was above 250 level (and that was the the 500 Rio Open). Thiem has improved his results each season at the big tournaments on European clay, making the Rome Masters quarter-finals and French Open semi-finals in 2016 to first break into the top 10, while he made his first Masters 1000 final in Madrid and the semi-finals at Rome and Roland Garros the following season. Thiem then made the Madrid final once more last season (losing to Alexander Zverev) before advancing to his first Grand Slam final at the French Open, where he went down to Rafael Nadal.

Thiem is also the only man to have beaten Nadal on clay in each of the last two seasons, earning the Austrian the ‘Prince of Clay’ nickname. If Thiem can continue his upward trajectory on European clay from the last few seasons, he will be challenging for a Masters 1000 title or the French Open over the next couple of months, but in order to do that, he will almost certainly have to beat Nadal at some stage. Thiem knows he has what it takes to beat the Spaniard, but they’ve never met in a clay final before, where Nadal would take his game to an even higher level. Could they clash in the Monte-Carlo final this week? They are on opposite sides of the draw, so it’s possible, but Thiem will firstly have to take care of a confident third round opponent on Thursday.


Dusan Lajovic has been playing some superb tennis over the last month, defeating Kei Nishikori (his third top 10 scalp) to reach the third round of Miami, and he’s continued his great form on the clay this week, advancing into the Round of 16 without relinquishing a set, defeating Malek Jaziri 6-4 6-4 and 2017 semi-finalist David Goffin 6-3 6-4 to set up Thursday’s showdown with Thiem.

The Serbian earned his first two top 10 victories after beating Juan Martin del Potro to reach his first ever Masters 1000 quarter-final in Madrid (also defeated Karen Khachanov and Richard Gasquet) and Grigor Dimitrov on his way to the 500-level China Open quarter-finals in Beijing last year, while he also made the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time when he did so at the U.S. Open, captured his sixth Challenger title in Le Gosier, made the semi-finals in Lyon and more quarter-finals in Umag and Kitzbuhel for a 24-24 record on the season, rising into the world’s top 45 for the first time.

Lajovic hit his career-high ranking of No. 42 when he made the quarter-finals of Doha at the beginning of the season, while he is projected to climb back up to No. 44 courtesy of making the Round of 16 in Monte-Carlo. A win over Thiem on Thursday would propel him into the top 40 for the first time, but Lajovic doesn’t have a good record against the World No. 5.

Indeed, Lajovic has lost all five of their meetings on clay and has won just one set in the process, although that did come last year in the semi-finals of Lyon. Lajovic has been playing the best tennis of his career over the last 18 months, and the fact he pushed Thiem in their last clay match should give him some encouragement, allow him to open the shoulders and go for his shots. But, at the end of the day, Thiem is a different beast on clay, and if he plays like he did against Klizan, he’ll be winning this in straight sets once more.


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Thiem vs Lajovic ATP Monte-Carlo live streaming, preview and tips - Thiem going for sixth consecutive clay win over Lajovic

Dominic Thiem targets his sixth straight win on clay over Dusan Lajovic when the pair square off for a place in the Monte-Carlo Masters quarter-finals on Thursday.

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