Second seed Dominic Thiem will hope for a straight forward victory in his second round clash with Indian Sumit Nagal. The Austrian is among the favourites to make the final from the bottom half of the draw but a route that could include two former champions on the way to the last eight means it is far from straight forward for the Austrian.
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Nagal’s hard court record is nothing to shout about with a career losing record, even at Challenger level for the 23 year-old. His opening round win against Bradley Klahn came as something of a surprise, looking fairly dominant in the four set win over the American. It was his first main draw win at a slam, having lost to Roger Federer at last year’s US Open in his only prior attempt.
Thiem should be fairly fresh going into round two after his opening round match with Jaume Munar was cut short by a retirement after two sets from the Spaniard. Up 7-6 6-3 when the match ended, Thiem was fairly happy with his day’s work. “I was happy with the way I was fighting, because it wasn’t easy to play him, the courts are very different this year, the court seemed to be slow inside (on Louis Armstrong stadium). It was a little bit windy, but we had some good rallies. I felt I was playing good. I played a good tie-break, which was pretty comfortable, then I’m sorry for what has happened.” he said.
Thiem should ease through this one against an opponent much more comfortable on clay courts. His recent improvement away from clay has meant the Austrian is now a threat to go far at three of the four slams rather than just the French Open.
Prediction – Dominic Thiem in straight sets