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When: Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 PM EST.
Where: The O2 Arena in London, England
Head to Head Record: Thiem leads 4-2
Most Recent Match: 2019 Madrid Masters 1000, Thiem 2-1, 3-6 7-6(11) 6-4
The final match of the 2019 ATP Finals’ opening day will shape up Group Björn Borg.
Federer and Thiem will face each other just after the Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini match.
The winner could even top the group standings depending on the tie-breakers.
Both players have already met twice in 2019, with the Austrian winning both matches.
Federer and Thiem will go head to head at the ATP Finals round-robin for the second consecutive year.
The Swiss came out on top of last year’s match.
Federer could extend his lead over Djokovic with a record-setting seventh ATP Finals title.
Thiem will try to make it out of round-robin for the first time in his career.
2019 Record: 51-8, 4 titles
Federer will try to close out his 2019 on a high.
The year had its ups and downs for the Swiss legend.
For the first time since 2016, Federer failed to win a Slam title.
On the other hand, he finally achieved the historic mark of 100 career ATP Tour titles.
He won a third consecutive title in Basel two weeks ago, his most recent tournament.
Federer withdrew from the Paris Masters 1000 due to the tight schedule.
The additional rest could certainly help him.
Known as a clay specialist throughout his career, Thiem established himself as a strong all-rounder in 2019.
After making it to his first Slam final at Roland Garros in 2018, the Austrian repeated the feat this year.
Thiem also won his first-ever Masters 1000 title, on the hard surface at Indian Wells.
He defeated Federer himself in a three-setter, which further solidified his standing as an all-rounder.
Like Federer, Thiem is also coming off a domestic tournament win.
He captured the Vienna Open for the first time, a title that had eluded him for the past years.
Now, the Austrian will try to make it out of the ATP Finals group for the first time in his career.
Federer and Thiem have met six times, with the Austrian leading the head to head 4-2.
They’ve already met twice in 2019, with Thiem winning both matches.
Federer has the edge on the hard surface, 2-1, with Thiem’s win coming at Indian Wells.
This will be their second consecutive meeting in the group stage.
Federer won last year’s meeting fairly comfortably with a 2-0 score, giving up only five games.
While Thiem has the edge overall and in 2019, the hard surface still suits Federer’s style.
It should be another close match, but the Swiss should win this time around.
Prediction: Federer 2-1, over 22.5 games.
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