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D. Thiem (AUT)
N. Djokovic (SRB)
|D. Thiem (AUT) (5)||4||6||6||3||4|
|N. Djokovic (SRB) ||6||4||2||6||6|
|Set won by N. Djokovic||4 - 6||N. Djokovic leads 2 to 3|
|Set won by N. Djokovic||3 - 6||N. Djokovic has tied the match at 2 sets all|
|Set won by D. Thiem||6 - 2||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 N. Djokovic||4 - 6||N. Djokovic leads 0 to 1|
Novak Djokovic will be hunting an eighth Australian Open title when he plays Austrian Dominic Thiem in the men’s singles final on Sunday evening. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match from 7:30pm (AEDT).
The world number five Dominic Thiem is through to his first Australian Open final and will be playing for his maiden grand slam title.
Thiem dropped the first set in his semi-final, but turned it around by winning two tie-breakers to defeat young gun Alexander Zverev in four sets 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. The Austrian struggled to make inroads on Zverev’s serve, which was back at its best in this tournament, however.
The 26-year-old fought through a five-set match against Australian Alex Bolt, and beat seeds Taylor Fritz, Gael Monfils and world number one Rafael Nadal to reach this point of the 2020 Australian Open.
Djokovic is the current Australian Open champion, and has won seven Australian men’s singles titles in the past 12 years.
To get here, the Serbian defeated Roger Federer 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 in their 50th meeting. While it took Djokovic a little while to settle on serve, he recovered before the set was out and took it in the tiebreak 7-1.
Djokovic broke Federer once in both the second and third sets to take the win in two hours and 18 minutes.
The world number two has only dropped one set – in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff – on his road to the final, dispatching the likes of Yoshihito Nishioka, Diego Schwartzman and Milos Raonic in dominant fashion.
Djokovic has a two-win advantage in the head-to-head match-up, leading six wins to four. Thiem has won four out of their last five meetings, though.
They last met at the ATP Finals in Great Britain, Thiem winning that encounter 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.
Everywhere you look experts are seeking out statistics to give Thiem a chance in this match. However, the odds remain in Djokovic’s favour for his eighth Australian Open title.
After some exhausting victories this tournament, Thiem will need more than a Sweet Caroline rendition and crowd support to be any chance of winning the championship.
Experience should see Djokovic get the job done this evening.
Novak Djokovic to win.
Will there be a new grand slam champion on Sunday evening or can Djokovic win his 17th?
Follow the action on The Roar with live scores and a blog of the match from 7:30pm (AEDT).
Venue: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Start time: 7:30pm (AEDT)
TV: Channel Nine
Odds: Dominic Thiem $4.45, Novak Djokovic $1.21
Ranking: Thiem 5, Djokovic 2
Head to head: Thiem 4, Djokovic 6
Career titles: Thiem 16, Djokovic 77