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As the anticipation builds for the commencement of the US Open, all eyes turn to a captivating first-round clash that promises both intrigue and uncertainty. Dominic Thiem, the former world #3, and Alexander Bublik, the big-serving Kazakh, are set to cross paths in a showdown that encapsulates their divergent journeys in the world of tennis. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
Alexander Bublik vs Dominic Thiem – match predictions
Thiem, once a triumphant US Open champion, finds himself grappling with persistent fitness issues, casting doubt on his readiness for this year’s challenge. On the other side of the net, Bublik’s rollercoaster season has seen remarkable highs and puzzling lows, making this encounter an enigma waiting to unfold.
Dominic Thiem to win @ 29/20 (2.45)
Neither Thiem nor Bublik have gotten many minutes on the hard court surfaces in recent months. The Austrian will return to action after a short layoff following his Austrian Open final heartache while Bublik’s adventures have seen him crash out of Citi and Toronto Open at the first hurdle. Their last meeting was also at a Grand Slam event that finished in favour of Thiem and we are backing the former US Open winner to triumph against the Kazakh hopeul.
3-1 to Dominic Thiem @ 5/1 (6.00)
Bublik is a much-improved player since their last meeting. However, he is entering the competition on a three-match losing streak. Anticipating this clash, signs point towards a hard-fought battle with Thiem prevailing 3-1, just as he did at the French Open four years ago. Despite Thiem’s recent struggles with fitness, his tenacity and past championship experience will serve as a formidable foundation. Bublik’s unpredictable nature might earn him a set, yet Thiem’s proven ability to navigate challenging situations.
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Bublik and Thiem renew hostilities after four years
Our US Open predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the US Open.
Alexander Bublik preview
Alexander Bublik’s recent form has been a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. His notable title win in Halle underscored his potential on grass, leading to a strong showing at Wimbledon’s round of 16. However, the transition to the hard courts proved challenging, with setbacks against Gael Monfils and Hubert Hurkacz in Washington and Toronto. Bublik’s unpredictable nature has been a hallmark of his season, leaving observers intrigued by his erratic trajectory as he enters the US Open.
Dominic Thiem preview
Thiem’s recent form has been a tale of resilience and setbacks. Battling persistent fitness concerns, he has struggled to find his footing on the hard courts this year. His withdrawal from the ATP Winston-Salem event due to illness has left him without any recent match practice on this surface. While he showed promise by reaching the runner-up position at Kitzbuhel, his momentum was short-lived due to ongoing fitness issues. Despite triumphing in the 2020 US Open, Thiem’s current readiness remains a question mark as he aims to regain his rhythm on the Grand Slam stage.
Bublik vs Thiem head to head
Dominic Thiem and Alexander Bublik have crossed paths only once before. Their lone encounter occurred during the 2019 French Open, where Thiem emerged victorious in a four-set battle.
Key match details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 16:00 GMT on 28 August.
- What is the prize money for US Open 2023? The total prize money for US Open 2023 is $65,000,020.
- Who is the top seed of the US Open? Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek are the top seeds at the US Open 2023.
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