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.

Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem

Novak Djokovic (Rank: 2) VS Dominic Thiem (Rank: 5)
32 Age 26
Belgrade, Serbia Birthplace Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Monte-Carlo, Monaco Residence Lichtenworth, Austria
6’2″ Height 6’1″
Right-handed Plays Right-handed
Two-handed Backhand One-handed
2003 Turned Pro 2011
12-0 YTD Won/Lost 7-2
905-187 Career W/L 282-150
77 Career titles 16
$140,228,279 Career Prize Money $22,406,618
16 Grand Slam titles 0
7 Australian Open titles 0
74-8 Australian Open W/L 16-6

Novak Djokovic vs Dominic Thiem Head-to-Head

Djokovic leads 6-4

Tournament Round Surface Winner Score
ATP Finals 2019 RR Hard Thiem 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(5)
French Open 2019 SF Clay Thiem 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5
Madrid 2019 SF Clay Djokovic 7-6(2) 7-6(4)
Monte-Carlo 2018 R16 Clay Thiem 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3
French Open 2017 QF Clay Thiem 7-6(5) 6-3 6-0
Rome 2017 SF Clay Djokovic 6-1 6-0
ATP Finals 2016 RR Hard Djokovic 6-7(10) 6-0 6-2
French Open 2016 SF Clay Djokovic 6-2 6-1 6-4
Miami 2016 R16 Hard Djokovic 6-3 6-4
Shanghai 2014 R32 Hard Djokovic 6-3 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.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(5) 6-2 2-6 6-1
R2 Tatsuma Ito 6-1 6-4 6-2
R3 Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3 6-2 6-2
R16 Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 6-4
QF Milos Raonic 6-4 6-3 7-6(1)
SF Roger Federer 7-6(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?

Round Opponent Score
R1 Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-5 6-2
R2 Alex Bolt 6-2 5-7 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2
R3 Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4
R16 Gael Monfils 6-2 6-4 6-4
QF Rafael Nadal 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6)
SF Alexander Zverev 3-6 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 Djokovic VS Dominic Thiem
18-1 Sets W/L 18-5
70 Aces 57
13 Double Faults 21
118 1st Serve Return Points Won 186
109 2nd Serve Return Points Won 93
27 Break Points Won 28
12 hours, 29 minutes Time Spent on Court 18 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).