Dodig/Polasek (@1.4) vs Fognini/Thiem (@2.75)

Our Prediction:

Dodig/Polasek will win

Dodig/Polasek – Fognini/Thiem Match Prediction | 03-10-2019 22:00

Fognini and Thiem didn't make the same mistake twice when serving for the match as they realized their first match point in the 12th game to seal the win in an hour and 20 minutes of play. However, Xin and Hua refused to give up as they broke back Fognini and Thiem in the 10th game but their struggles on the serve continued as the star duo earned their fourth break of the set in the 11th game.

Thiem won the Barcelona Open prior to arriving at Madrid. Thiem also had big wins as the Austrian beat both Nadal and Medvedev in Barcelona. On the other side of the coin, Dominic Thiem has also looked in outstanding form. Thiem looks very confident but he will have to be at his best as he is playing an inform Fognini. It was a shaky start to the tournament for Dominic Thiem as he lost the opening set but things turned quickly as the final part of the match was dominated by the Austrian.

Xin and Hua failed to convert their first break point of the match in the second game but made no mistake on their second break point two games later. After claiming the first break of the match, Xin and Hua shut down for the next couple of games as Fognini and Thiem earned back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and take a 5-3 lead.

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With all that in mind, this is expected to be a challenge for Fabio Fognini as he is playing a top-class opponent. Fognini has continued his form at this tournament as he has not lost a single set all tournament. It has been a very strong start to the clay season for Fabio Fognini as the Italian superstar won the Monte Carlo Masters. Fognini was superb in Monaco as he defeated the likes of Rafael Nadal, Borna Coric and Alexander Zverev. Fabio Fognini won his previous match in straight sets as he defeated John Millman from Australia. During the win against Millman, Fabio Fognini returned exceptionally well as he won 5 break points.

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With the pressure set on both players, I see Thiem stepping up and taking the victory. This is expected to be a very close match and both Fognini and Thiem will have expectations of winning. Thiem has been impossible to beat on clay and has made big runs at tournaments such as the French Open. As far as my prediction is concerned, I am going to pick Dominic Thiem to win this match. Fognini is an exceptional player but Thiem has been on another level over the past 12 months.

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