Dominic Thiem aims to overpower Australia’s dogged Alex ‘Demon’ de Minaur when they clash for a place in the US…
Dominic Thiem aims to overpower Australia’s dogged Alex ‘Demon’ de Minaur when they clash for a place in the US Open semifinals.
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Three-time Grand Slam runner-up Dominic Thiem is the most experienced competitor remaining in the men’s draw after the shock departure of Novak Djokovic, and impressed with an emphatic victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the quarterfinals.
Not the biggest man on the ATP Tour but surely the quickest and most determined, Alex de Minaur has defused big servers and big hitters to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, but how will he fare against Thiem?
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Thiem vs de Minaur: Head-to-head
Dominic Thiem has a 2-0 record vs Alex de Minaur, beating him 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the US Open in 2017 and in four sets in a Davis Cup rubber on clay in 2018.
Thiem vs de Minaur: Preview
Dominic Thiem has looked like a Grand Slam champion-in-waiting for perhaps the last 18 months, and came his closest yet to breaking into that elite company when he pushed Novak Djokovic to five sets in the Australian Open final in January.
So when Djokovic went out, guaranteeing a new male Grand Slam champion, Thiem responded with his finest tennis of the tournament so far to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-1 and book his place in the US Open quarterfinals for the second time.
It wasn’t as if Thiem had played badly earlier in the tournament, but he hadn’t faced too much opposition apart from 2014 champion Marin Cilic in the third round, and the win over Cilic was workmanlike rather than inspired.
Against Auger-Aliassime, however, he produced some absolutely scintillating tennis reminiscent of the kind he played to defeat Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in January, and it looks like he might be peaking at the right time as the climactic stages of the tournament approach.
None of this is good news for Alex de Minaur, who is in uncharted territory as a first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist. De Minaur won three ATP Tour titles in 2019 and made the last 16 of the US Open with a win over Kei Nishikori, but he came into this year’s US Open on a four-match losing streak. Snapping it against Andrej Martin, he beat Richard Gasquet in four, 11th seed Karen Khachanov in five and finally the much more experienced and big-serving Vasek Pospisil in straight sets. De Minaur broke Pospisil’s spirit when he came back from 2-6 down in the tie-break to win the first set, and the fleet-footed Australian’s incredible retrieving, consistency from the baseline and willingness to come forward when he had the chance made Pospisil look sluggish and limited.
Not the biggest man, de Minaur absolutely cannot match Thiem’s power, and with the Austrian delighting in ripping heavy balls from metres behind the baseline all day, every day, it’s not certain what de Minaur can do, for me. He isn’t bad at attacking the net, but finding his way there in the face of Thiem’s battering power is going to be very hard. Thiem will not want to be dragged into a long match so we should expect an aggressive performance from the Austrian, and if that’s the case, probably a straight-sets victory.