Third-seeded Dominic Thiem will look to avoid the sportsbook betting upset when he takes on 18th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday in the Australian Open. Thiem survived an epic match the last time out while Dimitrov advanced via walkover into Saturday’s showdown. Now, let’s find out where the best online betting value lies in this suddenly intriguing affair.
No. 3 Dominic Thiem vs No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov
Fourth round (Round of 16)
TV: USA – Tennis Channel, India – Sony Ten Network / Sony Liv Premium
Check out the 2021 Australian Open ATP odds.
Thiem Lives To Fight Another Day
The third-seeded Thiem escaped the dangerous Nick Kyrgios in a epic five-set thriller on Friday morning. Thiem won his first two matches in straight sets, but had to dig down deep against Kyrgios. The 27-year-old Austrian was down two sets to love when he mounted a comeback that saw him win the final three sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Thiem reached the finals here a year ago to get past the fourth round for the first time in six appearances. Thiem won his first Grand Slam title last year by coming back from two sets down to top Alexander Zverev in the 202 US Open finals.
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Can Dimitrov Get the Upset?
The world No. 19 and 18th seeded Dimitrov won his first two matches in straight sets, including his opener against 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic. Dimitrov will be well-rested after getting a 40-minute, 6-0, 1-0 walkover win over an injured No. 15 seed Pablo Carreno Busta the last time out.
The 29-year-old Bulgarian has only been past the fourth round Down Under on three occasions (2014, 2017, 2018) but did reach the semis in 2017. Dimitrov was bounced out of last year’s Aussie Open in the second round.
Thiem might have the higher ranking in this matchup, but Grigor Dimitrov has a 3-2 career edge in five meetings. All three of Dimitrov’s wins over the Austrian have come on hardcourts, with the most recent coming in the 2019 Paris Masters. The Bulgarian also defeated Thiem on his way to the 2017 ATP Finals trophy. Thiem got wins over Dimitrov on clay at the 2017 Madrid Masters and on the hardcourts of Acapulco in 2016.
Dominic Thiem might be the favorite in this match, but I’m thinking the timing is perfect for Grigor Dimitrov to pull off the upset against the world No. 3. Thiem should almost certainly be leg-weary after his long affair against Kyrgios on Friday morning and Dimitrov is well rested after barely taking the court the last time out. Dimitrov’s game is perfectly suited for the fast courts in melbourne this year and it just isn’t much of an upset to me to see the former world No. 3 (2017) to get the win.
The dog is barking in this one. Dimitrov gets the upset.
Grigor Dimitrov In 5 Sets
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