Australian Open: Djokovic and Thiem by the numbers

andrew hendrie:

Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem clash in the 2020 Australian Open final on Sunday night - and we’ve got all the key numbers and stats ahead of the big showdown.

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Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem

Novak Djokovic (Rank: 2)VSDominic Thiem (Rank: 5)
32Age26
Belgrade, SerbiaBirthplaceWiener Neustadt, Austria
Monte-Carlo, MonacoResidenceLichtenworth, Austria
6’2″Height6’1″
Right-handedPlaysRight-handed
Two-handedBackhandOne-handed
2003Turned Pro2011
12-0YTD Won/Lost7-2
905-187Career W/L282-150
77Career titles16
$140,228,279Career Prize Money$22,406,618
16Grand Slam titles0
7Australian Open titles0
74-8Australian Open W/L16-6

Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem Head-to-Head

Djokovic leads 6-4

TournamentRoundSurfaceWinnerScore
ATP Finals 2019RRHardThiem6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(5)
French Open 2019SFClayThiem6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5
Madrid 2019SFClayDjokovic7-6(2) 7-6(4)
Monte-Carlo 2018R16ClayThiem6-7(2) 6-2 6-3
French Open 2017QFClayThiem7-6(5) 6-3 6-0
Rome 2017SFClayDjokovic6-1 6-0
ATP Finals 2016RRHardDjokovic6-7(10) 6-0 6-2
French Open 2016SFClayDjokovic6-2 6-1 6-4
Miami 2016R16HardDjokovic6-3 6-4
Shanghai 2014R32HardDjokovic6-3 6-4

Road to the final

Novak Djokovic

It’s been a smooth ride for Djokovic into this eighth Australian Open final, with the defending champion losing just one set against Jan-Lennard Struff in the opening round.

In fact, if Djokovic were to beat Thiem in straight sets, he would break his personal record for most consecutive sets won in Melbourne.

RoundOpponentScore
R1Jan-Lennard Struff7-6(5) 6-2 2-6 6-1
R2Tatsuma Ito6-1 6-4 6-2
R3Yoshihito Nishioka6-3 6-2 6-2
R16Diego Schwartzman6-3 6-4 6-4
QFMilos Raonic6-4 6-3 7-6(1)
SFRoger Federer7-6(1) 6-4 6-3

Dominic Thiem

By contrast, Thiem has been forced to battle through a number of gruelling encounters. The Austrian was somewhat fortunate to survive a second round clash with wildcard Alex Bolt after the Australian started cramping while leading two-sets-to-one, but since then – and parting ways with Thomas Muster – Thiem has been sensational, conquering Gael Monfils in straight sets before four-set victories over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and seventh seed Alexander Zverev.

But, just how much have those last two matches taken out of Thiem before a final with the greatest Australian Open champion in history?

RoundOpponentScore
R1Adrian Mannarino6-3 7-5 6-2
R2Alex Bolt6-2 5-7 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2
R3Taylor Fritz6-2 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4
R16Gael Monfils6-2 6-4 6-4
QFRafael Nadal7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6)
SFAlexander Zverev3-6 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(4)

Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem Australian Open 2020 Stats

Djokovic has taken his serve to another level this tournament, firing down the sixth most aces out of any player, while by contrast, Thiem has served the second most double faults, behind only Benoit Paire.

To combat that, Thiem has the best winning percentage on return points behind the first serve, with Djokovic sitting in fifth place for the tournament. Djokovic is the leader for second serve points won on return.

Novak DjokovicVSDominic Thiem
18-1Sets W/L18-5
70Aces57
13Double Faults21
1181st Serve Return Points Won186
1092nd Serve Return Points Won93
27Break Points Won28
12 hours, 29 minutesTime Spent on Court18 hours, 15 minutes

Djokovic vs Thiem Australian Open final tennis is live from Melbourne on Sunday February 2 at 7.30pm local time (8.30am GMT).