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Dominic Thiem Feels Federer Is Being Underestimated In Madrid, But Does He Agree?

In his comeback week to the clay, should the 20-time grand slam champion be considered a serious contender on the surface?

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Roger Federer (photo by Roberto Dell Olivo)

MADRID: This week might be the first time Roger Federer has played a clay-court tournament in almost three years, but Dominic Thiem has vowed to take nothing for granted.

 

The Austrian will be the next test for the Swiss Maestro at the Caja Magica on Friday. Thiem is currently on a seven-match winning streak after triumphing at the Barcelona Open. Where he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals. He already has a win over Federer this year after triumphing in Indian Wells to claim his maiden Masters title at the age of 25.

With all things considered, it is fair to say that Thiem has a strong chance of victory in his upcoming match. However, he refuses to get carried away when it comes to locking horns with the most decorated grand slam singles champion in the history of men’s tennis.

“I think a lot of people underestimate him on the clay. He’s an unbelievable player. Only Rafa is better, I guess. I need to invest 100 percent to have a chance of winning.” Thiem told Ubitennis in Madrid.

Thiem’s view does raise a valid point. Has Federer’s credentials on the clay been forgotten? It is true that he has endured a lengthy absence from the surface, but he knows how to play on the clay. So far in his career, he has won 11 titles on the dirt. Six of which were at Masters level and one at the 2009 French Open.

Shortly after his gripping win over Gael Monfils, Federer was asked if he agreed with Thiem’s view about being underestimated by others.

“I don’t think anybody’s really underestimating me because I’m not coming back from an injury. I’ve had a good start to the season this year.” Said Federer. “It is pretty fast here in Madrid and I’ve won here in the past, so I guess players maybe know I don’t have that much clay court tennis in me in the last few years, but that doesn’t make me less dangerous to be quite honest.”

In their head-to-head Thiem leads the world No.3. Impressively scoring wins over him on the grass, hard court and clay. A rare achievement that is matched by only a select few players in the sport.

“I’m not the favorite against him. I think it will be a pretty open match.” Thiem previewed. “If we both play well as we did in Indian Wells, it going to be a great battle. If I play slightly worse, he is going to win it for sure.“

Meanwhile, Federer has hailed the achievements of his younger rival. However, when it comes to the ultimate test on the clay for him, the honor still belongs to Nadal in his eyes.

“Thiem has been playing great. Recently, winning Barcelona and also Indian Wells. I also saw what he could do on the slower, harder courts, not that I needed him to prove his point. But I think beating Rafa in Barcelona is a feat in itself. I still believe that Rafa is the measuring stick and not Dominic.” He stated.

The match between Thiem and Federer will take place, not before 17:00 local time on Friday.

List of ATP Finals Federer has played on the clay

Win May 2002 German Open, Germany Masters Clay  Marat Safin 6–1, 6–3, 6–4
Win May 2003 Bavarian Championships, Germany International Clay  Jarkko Nieminen 6–1, 6–4
Loss May 2003 Italian Open, Italy Masters Clay  Félix Mantilla 5–7, 2–6, 6–7(8–10)
Loss Jul 2003 Swiss Open, Switzerland International Clay  Jiří Novák 7–5, 3–6, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6
Win May 2004 German Open, Germany (2) Masters Clay  Guillermo Coria 4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3
Win Jul 2004 Gstaad, Switzerland International Clay  Igor Andreev 6–2, 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
Win May 2005 German Open, Germany (3) Masters Clay  Richard Gasquet 6–3, 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Loss Apr 2006 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters Clay  Rafael Nadal 2–6, 7–6(7–2), 3–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss May 2006 Italian Open, Italy Masters Clay  Rafael Nadal 7–6(7–0), 6–7(5–7), 4–6, 6–2, 6–7(5–7)
Loss June 2006 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay  Rafael Nadal 6–1, 1–6, 4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss Apr 2007 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters Clay  Rafael Nadal 4–6, 4–6
Win May 2007 German Open, Germany (4) Masters Clay  Rafael Nadal 2–6, 6–2, 6–0
Loss Jun 2007 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay  Rafael Nadal 3–6, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Win Apr 2008 Portugal Open, Portugal International Clay  Nikolay Davydenko 7–6(7–5), 1–2 ret.
Loss Apr 2008 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters Clay  Rafael Nadal 5–7, 5–7
Loss May 2008 German Open, Germany Masters Clay  Rafael Nadal 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 3–6
Loss Jun 2008 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay  Rafael Nadal 1–6, 3–6, 0–6
Win May 2009 Madrid Open, Spain (2) Masters 1000 Clay  Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–4
Win Jun 2009 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay  Robin Söderling 6–1, 7–6(7–1), 6–4
Loss May 2010 Madrid Open, Spain Masters 1000 Clay  Rafael Nadal 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Loss Jun 2011 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay  Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–7(3–7), 7–5, 1–6
Win May 2012 Madrid Open, Spain (3) Masters 1000 Clay  Tomáš Berdych 3–6, 7–5, 7–5
Loss May 2013 Italian Open, Italy Masters 1000 Clay  Rafael Nadal 1–6, 3–6
Loss Apr 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters 1000 Clay  Stan Wawrinka 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 2–6
Win May 2015 Istanbul Open, Turkey 250 Series Clay  Pablo Cuevas 6–3, 7–6(13–11)
Loss May 2015 Italian Open, Italy Masters 1000 Clay  Novak Djokovic 4–6, 3–6

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gilles Simon and Felix Auger Aliassime reach the the semifinal in Marseille

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Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Vasek Pospisil 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 17 minutes to reach the semifinal at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Both players stayed neck and neck until 5-5, before Tsitsipas earned his first break, when Pospisil hit a backhand long. The Greek star wrapped up the first set with an ace after 45 minutes.

Tsitsipas claimed his second break at 3-3 with a backhand return and reeled off 10 consecutive points to seal the second set 6-3.

Tsitsipas fired 8 aces and won 26 of his 30 first service points.

“It was not easy. I knew I would have to fight and be dynamic. He plays a very aggressive brand of tennis, so every point has to be treated respectfully. I played with passion and patience, and my fighting spirit, when I am in the right zone. It means good things can happen”, said Tsitsipas.

Gilles Simon cruised through to an upset 6-4 6-0 win over Danil Medvedev to advance to the semifinal. Simon converted five of his six break point chances and lost his serve only once.

The French veteran will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who beat Egor Gerasimov 7-5 6-2. The young Canadian star broke serve four times and and won 83 % of his first serve points.

Gerasimov earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead, but Auger Aliassime came back by winning two consecutive games to win the opening set 7-5. Auger Aliassime converted his fourth break point in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead and sealed the second set with another break in the eighth game.

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Alexander Bublik reaches his third career semifinal with win over Denis Shapovalov in Marseille

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Alexander Bublik reached the third ATP Tour semifinal of his career after beating Canadian Canadian Next Gen player Denis Shapovalov 7-5 4-6 6-3 after 2 hours and 18 minutes at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Bublik fended off a total of four break points in the first set, including three chances from 0-40, got the break in the 12th game to close out the first set 7-5, when Shapovalov hit a forehand volley wide at 30-40 after 45 minutes.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the second set. Bublik did not convert three break points at 3-2, when he hit a forehand into the net on his first break point chance. Shapovalov broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead with a drop shot and wrapped up the second set with his third ace.

Bublik opened up a 2-0 lead with a break in the second game of the third set. Shapovalov broke straight back in the third game. Bublik got another break lead in the eighth lead at 15, when Shapovalov hit a forehand wide. Bublik sealed the win with a hold at love.

“He is a great player and serve. It was our first match, but I have known him for a very long time. I was happy to break in the first set, then in the second set he was better, and I had my chances in the third and I held on. So I am very happy”,said Bublik.

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Milos Raonic, Steve Johnson, Frances Tiafoe and Ugo Humbert reach the quarter final in Delray Beach

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Milos Raonic hit 11 aces and saved the three break points he faced to beat German Cedrik Marcel Stebe 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 36 minutes reaching the quarter final at the Delray Beach, an ATP Tour 250 tournament.

 

Raonic earned a break in each set. Stebe earned a break point in the ninth game with a forehand down the line, but Raonic saved it with a forehand. Raonic faced two more break points in the 11th game, but Raonic saved them with service winners. Raonic earned a break with a forehand down the line winner in the 12th game to close out the first set 7-5. Raonicwon four consecutive points on return to earn a break and closed out the match 6-3 with a hold of serve.

“I got lucky through that first set and then I tried to be a bit more aggressive, create more things and that put a bit more pressure on him. It opened up the match for me a bit more”, said Raonic.

Raonic set up a quarter final against Steve Johnson, who edged past his compatriot Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 6-1 after 2 hours and 5 minutes to reach his first quarter final at ATP Tour level in six months. Johnson came back from losing the second set by racing out to a 5-0 lead.

“This is just one of those tournaments where you feel comfortable coming back every year. It’s great to see Sock back. I thought he played a really good second set and I just got bit of a momentum in the third set”, said Johnson.

French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert edged Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4 7-6 (8-6) after 1 hour and 42 minutes to reach his third quarter final in 2020. Humbert fended off eight of the ten break points he faced and earned three breaks to win the last four games of the first set from 2-4 down. Humbert broke Kecmanovic, as the Serbian player was serving for the second set at 6-5. The Frenchman saved a set point and came back from 5-6 down by winning the final three points of the tie-break to clinch the win after 1 hour and 43 minutes. Humbert has improved his win-loss record this year to 8-3.

“It’s always tough to play against Miomir, because he is a great player. He always plays at a high level. I lost to him last week and I was a little bit stressed before the match, so I am very happy to get the win today. You have to enjoy the victory because it’s not easy every week. Winning in Auckland gave me a lot of confidence. I beat some great players, but I have to continue my improvement every day”,said Humbert.

Humbert will face US player Frances Tiafoe, who battled past Tommy Paul 7-5 7-6 (7-4). Both players stayed neck and neck in the first set until the 11th game when Tiafoe earned a break with a return winner. He served out the set 7-5 with a service winner in the 12th game.

Paul earned a break in the sixth game, but he dropped his serve, while he serving for the set at 5-3. Tiafoe closed out the match with a backhand crosscourt winner at 6-4 in the tie-break.

“It’s never easy playing a good friend. It’s awkward, but I thought it was a pretty good match overall. My forehand was definitely on, so that helped. I am starting to play good tennis again and just competing hard in every match”,said Tiafoe.  

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