TennisSection previews the 2021 Madrid Open as Dominic Thiem (3) meets Alex de Minaur in the Round of 16 on Thursday, May 6th, 2021.
Will Alex de Minaur be able to get one of the biggest wins of his career under his belt as he looks to make more of a name for himself? Will Dominic Thiem continue to improve as he was so good in that first match he had in the Round of 32? Both players can win this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-finals of the 2021 Madrid Open. Who will it be?
Alex de Minaur was able to beat Lloyd Harris in the Round of 32, winning the first set 6-2 and leading the second set 3-0 before Lloyd had to retire due to injury. Alex de Minaur is a very strong player and an excellent mover around the court who just never stops returning the ball. Alex, however, has not been able to keep up with his fellow younsters such as Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev. Alex de Minaur will be happy of his performances here at the 2021 Madrid Open, but he will have to find a higher level of consistency if he is to beat someone as experienced as Dominic Thiem in the Round of 16.
Dominic Thiem is back and he is back in great form, beating Marcos Giron in his first match back in nearly 2 months in straight sets 6-1/6-3. Thiem seems to be motivated again, and it is great to have the Austrian back on the ATP Tour ready to give it his best. Dominic Thiem stated that he is feeling good, but he knows that these tournaments such as the 2021 Madrid Open are more of preparatory training tournaments for him to be at his best for the French Open at the end of the month. However, with the form he was in in the Round of 32, Dominic Thiem looks ready to take on the challenge of the likes of Alex de Minaur.
Dominic Thiem and Alex de Minaur have met 3 times before, with Dominic Thiem having never lost to the Australian. They last met at the 2020 US Open where Thiem absolutely dominated in 3 sets 6-1/6-2/6-4. Here at the 2021 Madrid Open, on clay, I am very sure that we will see a very one-sided match. Alex is a great player and will continue to improve, but he is nowhere near the level displayed by Thiem in his first match back. Dominic Thiem says he does not care if he loses here in Madrid, but I am sure he will give it his best and will make his way to the Quarter-finals.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Dominic Thiem to Win.