Two in-form players collide in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel semi-finals when fourth seed Dominic Thiem takes on big-serving American Sam Querrey on Friday night.
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It’s been a tremendous last few weeks for both Thiem and Querrey. Lets start with the Austrian. Thiem has enjoyed a stellar start to 2016, highlighted by his excellent run of form through the Golden Swing, where he defeated Rafael Nadal en route to winning his fourth ATP World Tour title at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires. The 22-year-old backed that result up by advancing through to the semi-finals at the Rio Open last week, and has now once again reached the final four in Acapulco this week. All up, Thiem has won 11 of his last 12 matches and has cracked the top 15 on the back of his efforts this month. That’s not even mentioning an extremely solid January, where Thiem made the semi-finals in Brisbane (lost to Roger Federer) and the third round of the Australian Open, his best result in Melbourne. Currently sixth on the race to the ATP World Tour finals in London, Thiem has without doubt been one of the form players of 2016 so far.
Thiem was once again clinical in his 7-5 6-2 quarter-final win over 2014 Acapulco champion Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday night. The Austrian said securing the early break at the start of the second set was the key to prevailing against Dimitrov, who himself was contesting his fourth quarter-final of the season.
“Breaking him in the first game of the second set was maybe the deciding moment of this match,” Thiem said. The key of this match was to win the first set. I started to play better and better and the momentum swung to my side.
“Of course if you’re a set and a break up … you think you have momentum on your side but there’s still a very long way to go. My opinion is that Grigor is an unbelievable player with a beautiful game. I hope in the near future we are at the top together.”
Sam Querrey (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
It’s also been an extremely successful start to 2016 for Thiem’s semi-final opponent Sam Querrey. The 28-year-old only won one match in January and bombed out in the opening round of the Australian Open, but since then Querrey has been on fire. Querrey began his resurgence in Memphis, reaching the semi-finals and taking a set off four-time champion Kei Nishikori. He then reigned supreme at Delray Beach, beating the returning Juan Martin del Potro and fellow American Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals and final respectively to capture his eighth career title.
Querrey has continued his winning momentum in Acapulco this week, demolishing Dudi Sela 6-2 6-0 in the opening round before avenging his loss to Nishikori in the second round, posting a comprehensive 6-4 6-3 victory over the World No. 6 and last year’s finalist. He then fought off the challenge of fast-rising compatriot Taylor Fritz in a late-night quarter-final on Thursday, coming away with a 2-6 6-4 6-4 triumph.
Riding an eight-match winning streak into this clash with Thiem, who himself has won 11 of his last 12, Querrey certainly has the ability to capture a second successive title on tour - especially with inconsistent and unpredictable figures Bernard Tomic and Alexandr Dolgopolov contesting the other semi-final. Thiem was looking tired earlier this week in his two previous rounds, but he looked fresh as a daisy in putting away Dimitrov. Querrey hasn’t really been extended to any gruelling matches over the last fortnight, however his late finish over Fritz might hinder his recovery. It’s looking like a 50/50 match-up, as is any combination of the final.