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D. Thiem (AUT)
A. Zverev (GER)
|D. Thiem (AUT) (5)||3||6||7(7)||7(7)|
|A. Zverev (GER) ||6||4||6(3)||6(4)|
|Set won by D. Thiem||7(7) - 6(4)||D. Thiem leads 3 to 1|
|Set won by D. Thiem||7(7) - 6(3)||D. Thiem leads 2 to 1|
|Set won by D. Thiem||6 - 4||D. Thiem has tied the match at 1 set all|
|Set won by A. Zverev||3 - 6||A. Zverev leads 0 to 1|
Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev will battle it out tonight for their passage through to the Australian Open final. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:30pm (AEDT).
Much has been made in recent years of the so-called younger brigade not being able to beat the big three of men’s tennis in grand slam finals. For one of these players, they will get the chance to be the first at Melbourne Park on Sunday night.
Dominic Thiem has made two grand slam finals, both resulting in losses to Rafael Nadal on French clay. He got some sort of revenge on Wednesday night in a four-set victory on Rod Laver Arena.
While Nadal appeared out of sorts at times, Thiem was tremendous, with his forehand really hurting the Nadal game. It was tight, but Thiem came away a deserved winner.
His toughest win came in the second-round over Australian wildcard, Alex Bolt. From there, though, he gained momentum, demolishing Gael Monfils in the fourth round. He will be hard to stop tonight.
With problems surrounding his game prior to the Australian Open, few expected Zverev to make it anywhere near the semi-finals.
However, he has defied all the doubters, only losing one set so far this tournament. His most impressive win was in the quarter-final against Stan Wawrinka.
Zverev was demolished in the first 6-1. In previous years, that may have broken him mentally. This time though it only strengthened his resolve and he dominated the remainder of the match.
Thiem leads Zverev head-to-head 6-2, but the majority of matches have been on clay. Their last match was in the ATP Tour Finals in London last November, with Thiem winning in straight sets.
This is new ground for Zverev, with this his first grand slam semi-final.
Experience counts at this level so I am going to pick Dominic Thiem in four sets.
Time: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Court: Rod Laver Arena
Odds: Thiem $1.50, Zverev $2.54
Head-to-head: Thiem 6-2
Ranking: Thiem 5, Zverev 7
Career titles: Thiem 16, Zverev 11