Dominic Thiem versus Adrian Mannarino preview, head-to-head, and prediction for Mallorca Championships 2021


(2) Dominic Thiem vs. Adrian Mannarino (Match Details)

Date: June 22, 2021

Mallorca Championships 2021 is the name of the tournament.

Second round of competition (Round of 16)

Mallorca, Spain is the location.

ATP 250 is a category.

Grass as a surface

€720,000 in prize money

Preview of Dominic Thiem vs. Adrian Mannarino

Dominic Thiem will begin his 2021 grasscourt season at the Mallorca Championships on Tuesday, where he will play Adrian Mannarino in the second round.

Thiem will be making his first appearance on the circuit since losing in the first round at Roland Garros last month. In that match, the 27-year-old held a two-set lead over Pablo Andujar before succumbing in five sets.

Since winning the US Open last year, Dominic Thiem has been dealing with a variety of physical and emotional challenges. While his physical issues appear to be improving, his mental issues have left an indelible mark on his game.

Thiem enters the grass season with a 9-8 year-to-date win-loss record, which is significantly below his usual. He has only advanced to the semifinals of one tournament this year (Madrid), and has been eliminated before the quarterfinals in five others.

Despite having won a career title on grass (the 2016 Stuttgart Open), the Austrian has lost his past three matches on the surface, dating back to 2018. Thiem’s last grasscourt victory was at Halle that year against Mikhail Youzhny; since then, he has made successive first-round exits at Wimbledon (2018 and 2019).Meanwhile, Adrian Mannarino defeated the tricky Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(3), 6-3 in the opening round on Sunday. For all of the first set, the Frenchman battled against Struff’s serve, but in the tiebreaker, he turned things around with a lavish exhibition of shot-making.

Adrian Mannarino
Adrian Mannarino

To seal the deal, Mannarino broke Struff early in the next set. This is the World No. 42’s best result on grass so far this season; he had lost early in the season at Stuttgart and Queen’s.

Head-to-head between Dominic Thiem and Adrian Mannarino

Dominic Thiem has faced Adrian Mannarino eight times on the tour and has won each occasion, giving him an 8-0 head-to-head record. This, however, will be their first encounter on grass.

Prediction: Dominic Thiem vs. Adrian Mannarino

Dominic Thiem has only lost two sets to Adrian Mannarino, both of which occurred in 2015. On paper, Thiem appears to be the frontrunner for this fixture.

Of course, the Austrian has been the most unpredictable top-ranked player on the tour this year, so an upset is always a possibility. Thiem is sure to win this time as well, because Mannarino’s groundstrokes and lefty serve have never been an issue for him in the past.

Dominic Thiem will win in three sets, according to my prediction.

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