Dominic Thiem brings a dominant 7-0 record over Adrian Mannarino into their first round Australian Open showdown on Tuesday.
Dominic Thiem ?? vs Adrian Mannarino ?? Match Info
Date: Tuesday January 21
Tournament: Australian Open R1
Court: Margaret Court Arena
Time: 12.30pm local time (1.30am GMT)
Dominic Thiem vs Adrian Mannarino Head-to-Head
Thiem leads 7-0
2018 | Australian Open R32 | Thiem 6-4 6-2 7-5
2017 | US Open R32 | Thiem 7-5 6-3 6-4
2017 | Cincinnati Masters R16 | Thiem 7-6(4) 7-6(3)
2017 | Acapulco R16 | Thiem 7-5 6-3
2016 | Nice SF | Thiem 6-1 6-3
2015 | Paris Masters R64 | Thiem 6-2 5-7 6-2
2015 | Miami Masters R16 | Thiem 7-6(5) 4-6 7-5
Dominic Thiem vs Adrian Mannarino Match Preview
Thiem has beaten Mannarino in all seven of their previous meetings, including six on hardcourt, and hasn’t lost a set in their last five encounters – all signs point to another comfortable victory for the Austrian enforcer in the opening round of the Australian Open on Tuesday no?
After hitting career-best form on hardcourt in 2019, winning his maiden Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells, along with 500 silverware in Beijing and Vienna and finishing runner-up at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London to Stefanos Tsitsipas, Thiem has added Thomas Muster to his coaching team in a bid to break through and win a Grand Slam title in 2020.
Nicolas Massu has already done a fantastic job of moulding Thiem from a clay-court specialist to a hardcourt threat, and if Muster can add a similar touch of class to his countryman, then 2020 could be a memorable year for Thiem.
However, if Grand Slam glory is going to come at the Australian Open over the next fortnight, Thiem is going to need to improve significantly from his previous slow starts to the season. Thiem has never been past the fourth round at Melbourne Park and was forced to retire in the second round last year, while he didn’t get off to the best of starts for Austria in the ATP Cup in Sydney, losing against Borna Coric and Hubert Hurkacz – although he did claim a win over Diego Schwartzman.
Thiem doesn’t have a bad draw and I quite like his chances should he come up against Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, especially after he pushed the Spaniard to five sets at the 2018 U.S. Open. But first he must navigate through the first week and his opening round rival on Tuesday.
Mannarino is playing the Australian Open main draw for the 10th consecutive season, but he’s only been able to advance past the second round once, reaching the third round in 2018, while he lost in the first round last year to an injured Kevin Anderson in four sets. Mannarino is yet to win a match to launch his 2020 season, losing in the first round of Doha and Auckland to Alexander Bublik and Andreas Seppi respectively.
The Frenchman, who is equipped with one of the more unorthodox games on tour, climbed to his career-high ranking of No. 22 in 2018 after making finals in Antalya and Moscow, which saw his record in ATP Finals fall to 0-6. However, Mannarino finally snapped his title drought in 2019, winning the silverware on the grass of s-Hertogenbosch, while he was also a finalist in Zhuhai and Moscow once more, ending the season at No. 44.
Dominic Thiem vs Adrian Mannarino Prediction
That head-to-head doesn’t lie – Thiem absolutely owns Mannarino in every single department, and it would be a seismic shock if he were to lose this encounter. Mannarino’s junk balling really doesn’t cause Thiem any discomfort whatsoever, so the Frenchman will have to step outside of his own comfort zone and be extremely aggressive if he wants to change the outcome. Mannarino doesn’t really have that sort of firepower in him, so unless Thiem plays one of the worst matches of his career, the Austrian should be cruising into the second round.