Dominic Thiem vs Guillermo Garcia Lopez Tennis Prediction
Their only previous meeting came on the clay courts of Roland Garros in 2016 when the Austrian edged past the Spaniard in straight sets, 7-5 6-4 7-6. Thiem is an improved player now while Guillermo Garcia Lopez has gone backward, which makes the world #8 an overwhelming favorite here.
Dominic Thiem News
Top seed Dominic Thiem kickstarted his debut Lyon campaign with a businesslike performance against Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round (R1 bye), 6-2 6-4.
After scoring the biggest win of his season against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal of Madrid Masters two weeks back, Dominic Thiem suffered two consecutive defeats against Alexander Zverev (Madrid) and Fabio Fognini (Rome) in consecutive matches.
The Austrian #1, Dominic Thiem, is the only player to have beaten Rafael Nadal on clay in the last 16 months and he has done it twice, in Rome 2017 and Madrid 2018, but he’s got nothing to show for, having failed to win a big title during this period.
Dominic Thiem has entered two ATP 250 events so far this season and made at least the semifinals in both of them, at Doha (SF, retired) and Buenos Aires (W). In fact, seven of his nine career titles (on tour) have come at this level (ATP 250).
Guillermo Garcia Lopez News
Guillermo Garcia Lopez has faced two French players so far in Lyon this week and was made to work hard on both occasions, defeated Adrian Mannarino in three sets (R1) and Calvin Hemery in a closely fought second round match.
The veteran Spaniard made two quarterfinals during the South American clay swing earlier this season but lost out to Federico Delbonis in Buenos Aires and Fabio Fognini in Sao Paulo. Additionally, he progressed to the quarterfinal at Canberra Challenger but was knocked out by the eventual champion Andreas Seppi.
Tennis Prediction: Dominic Thiem 2-0 SET