Thiem vs Schwartzman French Open tennis preview, head-to-head and predictions

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Dominic Thiem must find a way past the dogged Diego Schwartzman if he is to reach the French Open semifinals for the fifth straight year.

Thiem vs Schwartzman is live from Roland Garros on Tuesday 6 October, 3pm local/2pm BST

Two of the most in-form players in the world clash for a place in the French Open semifinals on Tuesday as Rome runner-up Diego Schwartzman tries to end the 11-match winning streak of US Open champion Dominic Thiem.

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Thiem has made the semifinals or better at the French Open for the past four years and has a 6-2 head-to-head against Schwartzman, but looked tired in a five-set battle with Hugo Gaston – is this Schwartzman’s chance to make a first Grand Slam semifinal?

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

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Thiem vs Schwartzman: Head-to-head

Dominic Thiem leads the head-to-head with Diego Schwartzman 6-2. On clay, Thiem leads 3-1. Schwartzman’s most recent win over Thiem came in the Argentina Open semifinals in February 2019. Thiem’s most recent win over Schwartzman came at the ATP Cup in January when Thiem won in straight sets.

Thiem vs Schwartzman: Preview

Dominic Thiem has established a formidable record of excellence at the French Open, making the semifinals in 2016-17 and finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2018-19, and despite some question marks over his physical, mental and emotional fitness after winning his maiden Grand Slam title in New York, is one match away from making the semifinals for the fifth straight year, the kind of consistency that only the titans Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been able to display at Roland Garros over the past decade or so.

But Thiem also looks vulnerable. There have been patches of poor decision-making during his first three matches at the French Open, indicating a lack of mental sharpness. Marin Cilic, Jack Sock and Casper Ruud all arguably should have won a set from the Austrian, and when Thiem came up against Hugo Gaston in the fourth round, he finally paid the price for being somewhat ragged. The world no. 239, who had beaten Stan Wawrinka in the previous round, made Thiem pay for his deep court positioning with a relentless routine of drop shots and lobs, and Thiem seemed powerless to do much except keep hammering away from the baseline. Eventually he outlasted the wildcard in the fifth set, but it’s starting to look like a question of how many second winds Thiem can find.

Diego Schwartzman (PA Images)

Schwartzman, meanwhile, has a clear physical advantage after not dropping a set, although he hasn’t had the toughest draw with the possible exception of Kitzbuhel champion Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening round. The Argentine can take a lot of inspiration from the Gaston playbook: He hasn’t got the fantastic hands of Gaston, but he can utilise his speed and court coverage and play creatively to make Thiem look one-dimensional, too. Schwartzman is also on fantastic form right now, having dazzled with his victory over a very poor Nadal in Rome and gone on to reach the final; he doesn’t have anything like the power of Thiem, on serve or off the ground, but he is getting better and better at finding ways to generate that pace. I’m not sure he’ll ever have a better opportunity to beat Thiem than he does on Tuesday.

Thiem vs Schwartzman: Prediction

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