French Open quarterfinal preview: Dominic Thiem - David Goffin

French Open quarterfinal preview: Dominic Thiem - David Goffin

Dominic Thiem will have to face David Goffin in the quarterfinals of the French Open for a place in the semifinal.

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Liliana Martinez

Fresh off their victories today, Dominic Thiem and David Goffin will have to play again tomorrow against each other for a place in the last four at the French Open. Both players make their quarterfinal debut at a Grand Slam and will fight to get a spot in the semifinals. The winner of this match is set to play Novak Djokovic or Tomas Berdych in the semifinal.

Road to the Quarterfinals

Prior the French Open, Thiem crowned himself with his sixth ATP title in Nice. After Nadal’s withdrawal, Thiem was the one who got the most benefits as he would have to face him in the fourth round. In the first round, Thiem came back from a set down to defeat Inigo Cervantes. Then managed a solid win against another Spaniard, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. In a Nice final rematch, Thiem had to face another young star, Alexander Zverev. After losing the first set tiebreaker, Thiem went on to win the next three sets to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

After a two days delay, Thiem got the chance to finish his match against Marcel Granollers today. After losing the second set, the Austrian came back today to win and reach his first quarterfinal at a Grand Slam. The 13th seed has displayed solid performances throughout this week and will be a hard task for Goffin.

David Goffin hits a backhand during his third round match against Nicolas Almagro at the French Open. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
David Goffin hits a backhand during his third round match against Nicolas Almagro at the French Open. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

It’s been a great year for Goffin who reached his first Masters 1000 semifinals at Indian Wells and Miami. In the clay season, the Belgian surprised Tomas Berdych in Rome defeating the Czech 6-0, 6-0.  Goffin managed reached the quarterfinals in Rome but lost against Andy Murray. He began his French Open campaign with two straight sets matches against Gregoire Barrere and Carlos Berlocq. Goffin’s toughest test came in a five-set match against Nicolas Almagro.

In his fourth round match, he had to face former French Open semifinalist, Ernests Gulbis. Goffin had to come back from a set down to confirm his encounter with Thiem. David Goffin will be a tough opponent for Dominic Thiem.

Head-to-Head

David Goffin leads the head-to-head against Thiem 4-2. This will be their second meeting on a Grand Slam, the last one was this year at the Australian Open where Goffin prevailed in four sets. Prior that match, Thiem defeated Goffin to get his third title in 2015 at the Swiss Open.

Match Analysis

Just this year, Thiem has won two titles on clay and reached another final. Throughout the year, he’s been very consistent, but fatigue could strike at any moment. The experience could also be a factor, this would benefit the 25 years old, Goffin. Although, both are a new at this stages of a Grand Slam and that opens the door for any of them. Goffin also has the confidence of having beat Thiem in four encounters, especially in the last one at the Australian Open.

Goffin's groundstrokes are not powerful, but he compensates this with speed, agility, and court coverage. Whilst, Thiem is a careful player who takes his time to build the points. His serve is ideal on clay because of the top spin he creates. Overall, it will be an exciting match featuring two talented young players. One of them will make their debut at a semifinal in a Grand Slam, but also will make his debut on the Top 10.

Prediction: Dominic Thiem in four sets

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