Dominic Thiem put on a clinic in round one but things will get trickier and if I had to choose a youngster to skip past in the draw it would be the Greek teenager Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas is a product of the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice and has enjoyed another very good season on the tour so far improving a lot being the second highest ranked teenager on the tour (behind Shapovalov).
Ranked at 39 in the world he has made his name on the clay court season and it all began back in Monte-Carlo where he got through qualifying before seeing off Shapovalov followed by losing a close encounter to David Goffin 7-6 7-5.
He also featured in the main draw of the Masters 1000 events in Rome and Madrid but before then was one of the stars of the show in Barcelona making his first ATP Final, just a shame for him it was against Nadal. During this week he did pick up 4 top 40 ranked wins against Schwartzmann, Carreno-Busta, Ramos-Vinolas and his opponent in round two Dominic Thiem.
Dom wasn’t near his best at this point just coming back form this ankle injury which bothered him around March he is playing much better tennis now but it will be lingering in his mind.
Tsitsipas did play a good match but over best of 5 it is different and he will have to defend more here. I expect this match will be on Chatrier or Lenglen so the room at the back of the court to begin with is much greater.
We saw against Nadal in Barcelona and Thiem does play a similar style with the way he gets the ball moving towards the tramlines that Tsitsipas will have to remain competitive and defend with intent.
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You can see above the inside forehand from Nadal here has completely taken Tsitsipas away from the middle of the court which ultimately is where he wants to be.
Tsitipas will be looking to be a challenge using that one handed backhand but if he isn’t getting the depth on it then it could become a quick job for Thiem.
I do think Tsitsipas will cause trouble and potentially take this to five sets but I see Dominic Thiem coming through but it won’t be easy!