Home Hero Dominic Thiem Hopes to Lift ATP Kitzbuhel Trophy
Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
The ATP 250 on clay in Kitzbuhel closes out the ATP clay court season as some of the ATP’s best on the surface look to maximize their points and money with one final set of matches.
Dominic Thiem is very good on clay, and should be thrilled to get the chance to show that in his home country. The top seed faces Sebastian Ofner or qualifier Martin Klizan first up, with Dusan Lajovic likely to defeat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and then Dennis Novak/Jurij Rodionov in round 2. Thiem should take the section though Klizan and Lajovic are not pushovers on the surface.
Robin Haase is a former champ but I have him falling to Yannick Hanfmann or Jaume Munar in the second round. Hamburg champion Nikoloz Basilashvili opens with Laslo Djere, he should be fatigued so the Gstaad semifinalist Djere should advance. I have Djere beating Taro Daniel or J.L. Struff and then Hanfmann in the quarters.
Phillip Kohlschreiber is the defending champion, he should get Federico Delbonis/Denis Istomin in round 2. Kohli is the favorite to reach the quarters while I have an in-form Jurgen Zopp running the table past Max Marterer and Corentin Moutet/Mikhail Kukushkin before falling to Kohlschreiber.
I’ll back the in-form Nicolas Jarry to defeat Roberto Carballes Baena and Fernando Verdasco to reach the quarters. Gilles Simon should edge an exhausted Matteo Berrettini while Jozef Kovalik is in good enough form to get past Radu Albot and Simon. I’ll take Jarry to beat Kovalik in the quarters.Embed from Getty Images
Thiem d. Djere
Jarry d. Kohlschreiber
Thiem is the favorite to take the title and if things hold true to form he’ll do so, triumphing at home.
Thiem d. Jarry