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Thiem vs Marterer ATP Buenos Aires live streaming, preview and tips - Thiem launches Argentina Open title defence

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 14 Feb 2019
  • Dominic Thiem vs Maximilian Marterer is live from Buenos Aires around 7.00pm local time on Thursday (10.00pm GMT)
  • Thiem won their only previous clash on grass in Halle in 2017
Dominic Thiem (Photo by ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem plays his first match since retiring from the Australian Open when he begins his Argentina Open title defence in Buenos Aires against Maximilian Marterer in the second round on Thursday.

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Top seed Dominic Thiem brings a perfect 9-0 record at the Argentina Open into Thursday’s second round clash with Maximilian Marterer on Thursday in Buenos Aires.

It was during the 2016 season where Thiem well and truly announced himself as a possible future French Open champion when he beat Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals before going on to take out Nicolas Almagro in the final to win his first Buenos Aires title, winning both matches in a deciding set tiebreak. After missing the 2017 edition, Thiem returned in 2018 and made it two wins from two in the Argentine city, taking out Gael Monfils and Aljaz Bedene to capture the silverware. Can the Austrian make it a three-peat in 2019?

If he’s healthy, he’s certainly the overwhelming favourite. But is he healthy? Thiem has endured a tough start to the season, losing in the opening round of Doha to Pierre-Hugues Herbert and retiring in the second round of the Australian Open against wildcard Alexei Popyrin. It was later revealed that Thiem had been dealing with illness problems over the last month or so, including suffering from heavy colds three times in the six weeks, according to his coach Gunter Bresnik.

Thiem would go on to withdraw from the Davis Cup and last week’s Cordoba Open, but he has already  got a match under his belt in Buenos Aires, teaming up with Diego Schwartzman to win their doubles quarter-final on Wednesday against Roberto Carballes Baena and Malek Jaziri.

The 25-year-old is of course at his best on clay - eight of his 11 career titles so far have come on the dirt, including two victories in Buenos Aires and Lyon last year, while he also advanced into his first Grand Slam final at the French Open, going down to Nadal in straight sets. Thiem also beat Nadal to make his first Masters 1000 final in Madrid and made quarter-finals in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona during what was another stellar season on the red stuff. Once again, the main focus for Thiem in 2019 will be to replicate his clay-court form on other surfaces, but for now he has his sights firmly on defending his Argentina Open title.

Maximilian Marterer (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Making his debut at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires this week, Maximilian Marterer advanced into the second round courtesy of a 6-4 6-2 win over qualifier Facundo Bagnis on Tuesday.

Marterer enjoyed a rapid rise up the ranking during the first half of 2018, starting the season ranked No. 90 but swiftly breaking into the top 50 on the back of making the fourth round at the French Open, the third round of the Australian Open and winning the Cherbourg Challenger title. Marterer also made the semi-finals in Munich and quarter-finals in Sofia and Kitzbuhel, but he really struggled from August until the end of the season, losing his last seven matches of the year.


The German hasn’t really fried much better to kick off 2019, although he has claimed three tour-level wins, making the second round of Doha, the Australian Open and Buenos Aires this week. However, Marterer has since dropped to No. 85 in the world after failing to defend his Cherbourg Challenger points and also his run to the third round of the Australian Open. Can he secure a big win to get back on track at the Argentina Open on Thursday?

The pair have played once before, with Thiem winning in straight sets on grass in Halle in 2017. Marterer has improved since then, but that clash also came on Thiem’s worst surface, and if the Austrian is healthy and recovered from his illness issues, I expect a comfortable straight sets for the top seed on Thursday.


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Thiem vs Marterer ATP Buenos Aires live streaming, preview and tips - Thiem launches Argentina Open title defence

Dominic Thiem plays his first match since retiring from the Australian Open when he begins his Argentina Open title defence in Buenos Aires against Maximilian Marterer in the second round on Thursday.

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