Last night the Serbian Novak Djokovic powered his way into the Australian Open Final. The Joker is attempting to win his 8th overall championship title in Melbourne. The more impressive stat is Novak is currently undefeated when reaching the championship, a perfect 7-0. But before we get into that conversation, tonight will determine his competitor.
Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev
The second half of the final will be played tomorrow morning at roughly 3:30 EST. When facing each other, Thiem holds a 6-2 advantage. When playing on hard court, Thiem is also 2-1.
Dominic Thiem’s Road to the Australian Open Semi
Dominic Thiem has faced a brutal draw on his way to the semifinal. The Austrian battled the worlds top ranked player Rafael Nadal in his quarterfinal. His last two rounds have been impressive to say the least. Thiem dominated Gael Monfils (10) in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. In his quarter-final with Nadal (1) he lost a set with a score of 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6). Surprisingly Dominic fired 14 aces against Nadal when he only averages 5 per match.
Alexander Zverev’s Road to the Australian Open Semi
Alexander has also faced tough competition this tournament. The German battled with the Russian young gun Rublev (17) in the fourth round. Zverev dominated Rublev in every statistical catagory in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 straight sets victory. In his quarter-final matchup, he faced the Swiss Wawrinka (15). Stanlis jumped out to a blistering 6-1 first set, but Alexander recovered quickly answering with a 6-3 second set. The flood gates opened shortly after and Zverev ran away with the match only giving up 6 games the next two sets. Final score was 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
My Australian Open Semi-Final Pick
Alexander Zverev has been on a roll serving this tournament. He had been one of the worst servers of lately, but finally turned that around. Dominic Thiem is a solid returner but when someone is hot, they can be hard to beat. If Thiem starts off early with his forehand Zverev could struggle. I look for Thiem to jump out to a quick lead, possibly getting an early break. What I want to see is Zverev try to attack Thiem’s backhand. If he can effectively attack that side of the court and shorten the court, I like his odds. I have always like that bigger server, and I am not going to stop now. Alexander Zverev to the Finals 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. I am going with a dog fight with a wounded warrior running into the Joker’s buzz saw.
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