- The Austrian, who is one of the favourites in the US Open tennis betting odds at Betfair, will begin the pursuit of his first Grand Slam title against Spanish youngster Jaume Munar.
- It shouldn’t be too difficult a start for World Number 3, as he has beaten the 23-year-old in all three of their ATP Tour clashes.
- With Djokovic on the other side of the draw, should Thiem reach the final, the current World Number 1 would be his most likely opponent.
Despite the global coronavirus pandemic putting an end to much of this year’s Tennis tour, including Wimbledon – which was cancelled for the first time since World War II – the US Open is underway at the illustrious Flushing Meadows, albeit behind closed doors, due to several COVID-19 restrictions being still in place.
The draw for the North American Grand Slam, which is held in New York, took place last week ahead of the tournament, and it’s safe to say that it didn’t go in second seed Dominic Theim’s favour.
The Austrian, who is one of the favourites in the US Open tennis betting odds at Betfair, will begin the pursuit of his first Grand Slam title against Spanish youngster Jaume Munar. It shouldn’t be too difficult a start for World Number 3, as he has beaten the 23-year-old in all three of their ATP Tour clashes.
Moving on, and Croatian Marin Čilić could await the 26-year-old in the third round. However, again, Thiem will be confident, having won both of their outings in the past. Things begin to get harder for the second seed, as he could face either Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who is seed number 15 despite being ranked 20th in the world, or Andy Murray in the fourth round.
Thiem is yet to go up against the promising 20-year-old, but he has faced Murray four times in the past, and the honours are even at two-a-piece. Former US Open champion Murray beat Thiem in Rotterdam in 2014 and in the quart-finals of the ATP Masters 1000 Miami in 2015, whilst the 26-year-old beat the Scot in the semi-final of the Barcelona Open in 2017 and the in the quarter-finals of the China Open last year.
Worryingly for Thiem, he could then face Roberto Bautista Agut in the last eight. The Austrian has struggled against the World Number 12 in the past, beating him just once in four outings.
Even more concerning for Thiem, is that the Spaniard has been in fine form on hard courts this year, winning the ATP Cup back in January, and reaching the semi-final of the US Open warm-up, the W&S Open – where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
However, the 32-year-old also has a challenging path en route to Thiem. He could face number 25 seed Milos Raonic, who has 2-2 record against Thiem, in the third round.
World Number 5, and third seed, Danill Medvedev could line up as Thiem’s semi-final opponent. The Russian, who reached last year’s final against Rafael Nadal, beat the Austrian in straight sets when the pair last met at the ATP Masters 1000 Canada.
With Djokovic on the other side of the draw, should Thiem reach the final, the current World Number 1 would be his most likely opponent. However, things aren’t straight forward for the Serbian either! He could face number 16 seed John Isner, who has beaten him on North American hard courts twice before, in the fourth round and seventh seed David Goffin in the semi-final.
Can Thiem finally get his hands on a Grand Slam? We’ll just have to wait and see!