Dominc Thiem hasn’t reached the quarter finals of any grand slam, but after the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal, this could be his breakthrough year. Bet on Thiem for French Open Semis.
French Open odds at Austrian Sportsbook Bwin Sports
- Djokovic @ 1.45 (5/11)
- Murray @ 4.5 (7/2)
- Wawrinka @ 8.00 (7/1)
- Thiem @ 21.00 (20/1)
While, those who
bet on sports in Austria may have known for years about the prodigious talent of Dominic Thiem, this year’s French Open may be when the world is truly forced to take notice. Improved fitness, along with increased athleticism and power, has brought his game to the next level. He’s a brilliant at defending, aggressive from the baseline, and watch out for his stunning single-handed backhand.
While he has never passed the fourth round at a Grand Slam, the draw is opening up nicely for him. The biggest threats in his quarter were Nadal and Tsonga, both of whom retired through injury. This means he only needs to beat world number 56 Marcel Granollers and then one of David Goffin or Ernesto Gulbis to reach the semi-final, where he would likely face Novak Djokovic.
That you should bet on Thiem for French Open success is not just down to good fortune. He has been steadily improving and his clay season has already been memorable. He won in February’s Argentina Open, beating Nadal in the semi-final. He beat Roger Federer to make the quarter-finals in Rome and most recently won May’s tournament in Nice. Only a first round loss in Madrid to Juan Martin Del Potro, the former Grand Slam winner, has dampened him momentum.
Dominic Thiem’s French Open so far
In the last round he beat Alexander Zverev, who is rated as perhaps the greatest prospect in world tennis. He has already beaten two Spaniards – Cervantes and Garcia-Lopez – so Granollers should hold no fear for him. In the next round he should also be confident: Gulbis is currently world number 80, and was losing against Tsonga when injury forced the Frenchman to stop. His alternative opponent, David Goffin, is ranked just ahead of Thiem, but is far less naturally gifted doesn’t possess the same attacking firepower. The Belgian may have won their last encounter, at the Australian Open, but Thiem won their only recent fixture on clay.
Obviously, his potential semi-final against Djokovic would be a considerably tougher affair. Online sportsbooks will have Thiem as a massive outsider. However, the pressure will be on Djokovic as he makes another run at achieving the career grand slam. And, though Djokovic has beaten Thiem in the two previous matches, their contest in Miami this year was closer than the two-set scoreline suggests. Far more comfortable on clay, bet on Thiem to win at least one set.
If he were to win his semi-final then you would definitely bet on Thiem for French Open final success. He would have momentum to challenge either of his likely potential opponents. If seedings hold he would play Andy Murray, who he has never faced on clay. Murray has a tendency to lose Grand Slam finals, so a pressure- free Thiem would have a great chance. Wawrinka – who last year surprised those who bet on sport in France by winning the French Open – would be a tough but beatable opponent. They have played twice on clay, winning one each.
Rain may have delayed his fourth round clash, but if the weather clears for long enough to finish the tournament then you should definitely bet on Dominic Thiem for French Open success. And is circumstance or Djokovic block his challenge this year, you can be sure he’ll win the tournament in future.this year, you can be sure he’ll win the tournament in future.
Best Bet: Dominic Thiem to win Quarter 2 @ 1.80 (4/5) @ BetVictor.