One of the more compelling matches to take place on Wednesday afternoon is the encounter between Gilles Simon and Dominic Thiem. This marks just the second time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with the Austrian youngster leading the head-to-head series 1-0 with a victory at Indian Wells two months back.
France’s Gilles Simon has been inconsistent so far this season. He has failed to pick up consecutive main draw victories in several months, and is 3-5 in the past five events on tour. He lost in the second round of Bucharest, Madrid and Rome, with the loss to Nadal being his only one against a higher ranked opponent. That contest was actually Simon’s best performance in recent memory, as he forced Nadal into a third set before he lost.
After losing in his first clay court match of the season to Nicolas Mahut in Monte Carlo, Dominic Thiem rebounded by reaching the third round in Barelona, defeating Radek Stepanek and Marcel Granollers before losing to Santiago Giraldo. The world No. 70 would then began his week in Madrid with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Dimitry Tursunov before producing a magnificent upset of Stanislas Wawrinka in the second round of the tournament. He would sadly go on to withdraw from the event before playing a single point against Feliciano Lopez.
This marks just the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with the first meeting taking place a couple of months back at Indian Wells. While Thiem won that first match-up, it was an encounter which took place on hard courts. It will be interesting to see if the budding talent is able to replicate his straight sets victory on the red dirt this time.
Prediction: Dominic Thiem in Three Sets