Eighth seed Marcel Granollers and Austria’s Dominic Thiem is scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon at the bet-at-home open in Hamburg. It is the second time these two will cross paths on the professional tour, with the first taking place several months ago at the Barcelona Open. Thiem leads the head to-head series 1-0.
World No. 28 Marcel Granollers received a bye into the second round in Hamburg so he will begin his week against the touted young Austrian, which is far from the easiest opener he could have asked for. Granollers has had a successful season so far on the tour, particularly on clay, where he reached the final in Casablanca and lost in the fourth round of the French Open.
While his doubles ranking is surging, Granollers holds a losing singles record this season with 13-18.
World No. 55 Dominic Thiem began his week in Hamburg with a meeting against fellow youngster Jiri Vesely. Of the two rising stars, Thiem was the more accomplished competitor so far and it was evident during the encounter, as he defeated his Czech opponent 7-5, 6-0 to reach the second round of the tournament. Thiem was aggressive on Vesely’s serve, as he managed to create 16 break point opportunities and converted on 5 of them.
“The second set was very good, because it was a tough match against a good friend,” said Thiem. “I’ve known him for a very long time. We played juniors together. I haven’t won many matches in the past two months so it’s a very important win. It’s easier for me on clay; I feel comfortable from the first ball.”
This is just the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Thiem leading the series with a victory in Barcelona several months ago. It was a reasonably close three set contest, which should be the case on Tuesday afternoon again.
Prediction: Dominic Thiem in Three Sets