Thiem vs Cilic French Open tennis live streaming, preview and predictions

Dominic Thiem begins his Roland Garros 2020 campaign against fellow US Open champion Marin Cilic on Monday.

Thiem vs Cilic is live from Roland Garros on Monday 28 September, 1pm local/12pm BST

World no. 3 Dominic Thiem plays his first match since winning the US Open final in five dramatic sets as he begins his French Open campaign with no clay-court matches since February.

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Thiem is one of the top favourites for the French Open, where he is a two-time runner-up, but faces a tougher opening match than most against former world no. 3 Marin Cilic, a two-time Roland Garros quarterfinalist and fellow Grand Slam champion.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Thiem vs Cilic: Head-to-head

Dominic Thiem has a 3-0 record against Marin Cilic. All three meetings took place on hard courts.

The most recent clash between them was at the US Open a few weeks ago, where Thiem won 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Thiem vs Cilic: Preview

In the second of two first-round clashes in the men’s draw to feature Grand Slam champions on both sides of the net, Dominic Thiem will be suiting up to see if he can open his French Open campaign with a statement win.

Thiem comes into this year’s French Open as one of the three big contenders, alongside Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, both of whom he has beaten at Grand Slams. A French Open semifinalist in 2016-17, runner-up to Nadal in 2018-19, Thiem comes into this tournament with the pressure of trying to break into the elite circle of major winners off his back; when the shock default of Djokovic in New York guaranteed a new men’s Grand Slam champion, it was Thiem, despite not looking in particularly promising form and a horribly nervy and stilted performance in the final against Alexander Zverev, who rose to the occasion.

Players who win their first Grand Slam, especially after several runner-up finishes, often experience a bit of a slump, trying to manage the increased media attention and pressure as well as readjust to new goals. Will this be the case with Thiem? He hasn’t played since the US Open, coming into Roland Garros with his last clay-court match a defeat to qualifier Gianluca Mager in Rio de Janeiro in February; he also had Achilles injury issues in the closing stages of his New York campaign which may or may not be behind him.

Marin Cilic is a two-time French Open quarterfinalist (PA Images)

Under the circumstances facing a name opponent like Cilic, rather than an opponent he’d be expected to crush, in the first round might actually be good for Thiem psychologically. Cilic was not far off being seeded, with his current ranking at world no. 39; around the lowest it’s been for years, after a dismal 2019 season saw him slip from world no. 7 to world no. 38. That 22-19 season, which included a second-round French Open defeat to Grigor Dimitrov, has left Cilic vulnerable to meeting top seeds in early rounds, and struggling to rebuild, with some of the strongest parts of his year – like the grass-court season – wiped out entirely.

Cilic beat two seeds to make the round of 16 at the Australian Open in January, made the third round of the US Open before losing to Thiem, and had quite a good outing at the Rome Masters, beating Alexander Bublik and David Goffin before losing to Casper Ruud. In one sense, the slow conditions at this year’s French Open should suit the big-serving Cilic, but they should also be good for Thiem, who has the sheer baseline power needed to get the ball through the court. A scoreline similar to their US Open match – Thiem winning in four, 34 games – seems indicated.

Thiem vs Cilic: Prediction

US Open hopeful Dominic Thiem faces former champion Marin Cilic for a place in the last 16 in New York on Saturday.

Thiem vs Cilic is live from New York on Saturday 5 September, 8.30pm local/1.30am BST

Second-seeded Dominic Thiem has breezed through the first two rounds at the 2020 US Open, being played behind closed doors in New York, but the Australian Open finalist has yet to be meaningfully tested.

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The 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic has never beaten Thiem, nor has he exhibited inspiring form for the past season or so, but the big-serving Croatian will never be a player to be disregarded. Could he turn the clock back on Arthur Ashe Stadium?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Thiem vs Cilic: Head-to-head

Dominic Thiem has a 2-0 record against Marin Cilic. The Austrian has also won the last four sets they played against each other.

The most recent match between Thiem and Cilic was at the Canada Masters in 2019. Thiem won 7-6(7), 6-4.

Thiem vs Cilic: Preview

Dominic Thiem got his first completed match win since the ATP Tour resumed over Sumit Nagal at the US Open on Thursday, beating the Indian 6-3, 6-3, 6-2, but it still feels difficult to get a real handle on the Austrian’s form – he has yet to face a real test, having progressed past Jaume Munar in the first round when the Spaniard retired trailing 6-7(6), 3-6.

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Marin Cilic might provide a real test, as a three-time Grand Slam finalist and former US Open champion who has been ranked as high as world no. 3 in his time. His current ranking of world no. 38 reflects a lacklustre 2019 season, in which he nevertheless made the last 16 at the Australian and US Opens; he also made the last 16 at the Australian Open in January, ousting seeds Benoit Paire and Roberto Bautista Agut on the way, despite not having played very well in the run-up to the tournament nor its aftermath.

Marin Cilic has played nine sets in two matches at the US Open so far (PA Images)

Cilic lost his only warm-up match for the US Open 3-6, 3-6 to Denis Shapovalov, but has been playing himself into form – or something like it – with lengthy early matches against two players ranked outside the top 100, coming back from two sets down to beat world no. 111 Denis Kudla before beating world no. 104 Norbert Gombos in four.

Having to struggle like that against Challenger players doesn’t look great for Cilic’s chances against a top-5 player like Thiem; Cilic is actually on an eight-match losing streak against top-5 players since beating Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in 2018. The Croatian’s big serve and powerful groundstrokes off both wings will always command respect, but unless he can figure out a way to consistently attack the net and punish Thiem for hanging miles behind the baseline, he’s going to find himself outlasted and outslugged by the Austrian’s ability to generate immense power from defensive court positioning. Given that their only recent-ish meeting was 13-10 by games, I would anticipate a tight straight-sets win for Thiem or perhaps a triumph for the Austrian in four sets.

Thiem vs Cilic: Prediction