Fresh off his first ATP World Tour final in Kitzbuhel, Dominic Thiem has arrived at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, where he will meet France’s Gilles Simon in the opening round of the tournament. Thiem, who is currently partaking in a breakthrough season on the tour, has encountered the experienced veteran on two previous occasions, both during this season. The series is tied at 1-1, which sets up an intriguing rubber match on Canadian soil.
On Saturday afternoon, Dominic Thiem took part in his first ever ATP World Tour final, as he faced surging Belgian talent David Goffin on home soil. Thiem would lead the match heading into the second set but ultimately lost the encounter 6-4, 1-6, 3-6.
Although Thiem was not victorious in the Kitzbuhel final, was the season’s youngest finalist at ATP World Tour event, which speaks volumes on his projected future achievements on the tour. He put up a great fight against an opponent who had already beaten him twice previously, but eventually lost the match in 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Gilles Simon has had a relatively quiet season in 2014. He is coming off third round exits in both the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships, and most recently an opening round exit to Pablo Andujar in Gstaad. His best showing at a tournament this year was in Nice, which also happened to be the event that he beat Thiem en route to the semi-final a few days later.
With the head-to-head series tied at 1-1, the rubber match will certainly be a compelling one. With Thiem’s quick rise up the ranks, he will be hungry for the extra ranking points he can earn at a Masters 1000 event, which will motivate him against a veteran opponent like Gilles Simon. On hard court, this is Thiem’s match to lose.
Prediction: Dominic Thiem in Three Sets