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When: Tuesday, November 12th at 3:00 PM EST.
Where: The O2 Arena in London, England
Head to Head Record: Djokovic leads 6-3
Most Recent Match: 2019 Roland Garros Semifinals, Thiem 3-2, 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5.
Djokovic and Thiem won their respective matches in the first round without dropping a set.
Thiem grinded out a win over Roger Federer, while Djokovic had a much easier job against Matteo Berrettini.
Now, the two will meet for the third time in 2019.
Djokovic and Thiem are tied at 1-1 this year, with the Serb winning at Madrid and the Austrian at Roland Garros.
For Djokovic, the 200 points from winning this match would be extremely important.
The Serb is still fighting Rafael Nadal for the number 1 spot and needs to have a clean run to the finals in order to reclaim it.
This will be their first meeting on the hard surface since the 2016 ATP Finals.
Djokovic had a relatively easy match against first-time ATP Finals participant Matteo Berrettini.
The Serb only dropped three games and dominated things from the start.
While Berrettini made too many mistakes, Djokovic also did his part by not leaving any openings.
The Serb did everything right and looked to be in control the entire time.
He will face a much tougher challenge in Dominic Thiem.
The Austrian’s aggressive style will turn the match into a battle of attrition and strong shots.
Djokovic needs to take control and set the pace for the rallies, relying on his usual consistency to come out with a win.
The match against Federer saw a vintage Thiem display.
The Austrian did not leave any breathing room for the Swiss and played his well-known aggressive brand of tennis.
Thiem minimized his own mistakes and had Federer constantly on the backfoot, unable to pace the points.
He will need to have a similar performance against Djokovic in order to come out with another win.
The Austrian ended each of his three previous ATP Finals appearances with a 1-2 record.
Thiem needs to move past his usual consistency issues and put together consecutive top-end performances.
Naturally, keeping Djokovic under pressure is no easy feat, and Thiem needs to have another great day.
While Djokovic holds a significant advantage, having won six of their nine meetings, Thiem does have the edge in recent years.
The Austrian won three of their last four meetings, including two wins at Roland Garros.
However, all three wins came on Thiem’s favorite surface, clay.
While his performance on faster surfaces has shown a significant improvement, it may not be enough to take a match from Djokovic.
The Serb has a 3-0 record over the Austrian on the hard surface, including a win at the ATP Finals in 2016.
Prediction: Djokovic 2-1, Over 21.5 games.
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