Thiem, baby. Thursday’s hitter got across — in somewhat dramatic fashion — as Domi Thiem knocked out Novak Djokovic 6-7, 6-2. 6-3 at the Monte-Carlo Masters. Domi probably should’ve won it in two, blowing set points on Djokovic’s serve at 5-2 and then dropping his serve at 5-3 before losing in the tiebreak. Thiem responded well, though, serving big in clutch moments and picking his spots to rip winners.
What a day we have in store tomorrow, highlighted by Thiem playing in another blockbuster against Rafa Nadal (pictured above), who seems to be playing some of the finest tennis of his illustrious career. I’m not exactly itching to take on Nadal in any way, shape or form at the moment, but I will say that the +5.5 games for Thiem looks mighty tempting. The two have met in each of the last two clay Masters — with Thiem taking out Rafa in Rome and Rafa winning a reaaaallly tight match in Madrid, 7-6, 6-4, in one of the best matches of last year. I’d take a look at the game spread if you want to get involved.
The match between Grigor Dimitrov (+100) and David Goffin (-120) could also be a thriller. I don’t have a strong feel either way, but I do think the value sits with the Bulgarian at plus money given his dominant track record against Goffin (9-1 head-to-head).
Marin Cilic – Kei Nishikori should also be a highly competitive match. My initial read said Kei, but I think I’ll sit on the sidelines.
That brings us to the one remaining match on Friday, which I did in fact wager on. Let’s get into our daily hitter.
Richard Gasquet (+160) vs. Sascha Zverev (-200)