Although they have split their wins on clay, on the hard courts, it is Thiem who has ruled the roost in their head to head, with the latest win coming in Beijing. This will be their first meeting on indoor hard court, with Tsitsipas’ best performance being the semi-final in Basel, and Thiem winning Vienna,.
Although Tsitsipas lags behind the older, and thus more experienced Thiem, he has been consistent the last two years, and having won the NextGen ATP title last year, this feels like a graduation to the big leagies.
Year to Date/Career W/L Record
All surfaces W/L
49-18 / 275-147
53-25 / 103-62
10-3 / 58-42
14-5 / 48-26
While Tsitsipas maybe has been a little more consistent on hard courts in 2019, Thiem’s later success stands in him very good stead as they approach the final.
Match Stats 2019 (Source: Tennis Abstract)
Both players have been tough to get past in tie-breaks and their ratio is not too dissimilar when compared.
If this goes to a deciding set, you would have to give Thiem the edge – and if we look at this tournament, Tsitsipas gave his all against Rafael Nadal but experience just proved to be the key.
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Tsitsipas has been better behind his first serve, but Thiem has been a little more effective behind his second serve, and on his first return. Thiem has the edge and has looked a bit more consistent throughout the tournament although Tsitsipas has been very good at getting free points off his serve.
What they had to say
We will be in for a battle of the single-handed backhands on Sunday, and Thiem explained why it has become the favoured shot of a lot of the younger players.
“That’s a very nice fact, because, well, I think there was a time where there were not many players with a one-handed backhand. And now me and also way younger, amazing players like Stefanos or Denis Shapovalov play one-handed backhand, so we are going to see it for also the next 10, 15 years, which is great.
“I think if you play it well like we do, it has a lot of advantages, and also or maybe especially indoors because of the slice, because of the many options you have.”
For Tsitsipas, he has the chance to go head to head not only with a contemporary as part of the chasing pack, but someone he has looked up to.
“Dominic has inspired me a lot to be a better version of myself when I’m out on the court. I see a lot of things that he does on the court, and I try to do the same. Because I have mentioned this before: what Roger does, only Roger does. It’s really difficult to copy what you see.
“Dominic has always been someone that I looked up to and wanted to, wanted always to play with the same intensity and the same will that he puts in the court. He puts a lot of effort and a lot of — I would just describe him as an intense player. If he’s in the zone, he can just create so much opportunities with his game.”
Prediction: Thiem in three sets
The Nitto ATP Finals Singles Final takes place on 17 November at 6pm
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