Dominic Thiem vs Fabio Fognini live stream.Tennis match between Fabio Fognini and Dominic Thiem live with Eurosport. The match starts at 12:00 on 9 May 2019. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
It was a bit of a surprise when Thiem captured his first Masters 1000 Series title not on his preferred clay but on the hard courts of Indian Wells after a poor Golden Swing, but the evidence strongly suggests his first clay-court Masters 1000 Series title cannot be far behind – and Madrid is a good place for it to come, given that Thiem has been in the final for the past two years finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2017 and Alexander Zverev in 2018.
Now with a 12-3 record at the Madrid Masters, not counting his opening win of this year’s campaign when big-serving Reilly Opelka retired one game into the third set, Thiem is 9-3 on clay in 2019 but 8-1 on European clay. His sole defeat came to Dusan Lajovic at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, a shock less rendered somewhat less shocking by Lajovic’s subsequent run to the final, and since then he has won his last six matches as he captured the 13th title of his career at the Barcelona Open.
Barcelona may be ‘only’ a 500, but when it comes to European clay-court events, it’s the biggest prize outside Roland Garros and the three Masters 1000 Series events, and the quality of opposition Thiem had to overcome – Guido Pella, Daniil Medvedev and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal himself – speaks for itself.
Should Thiem come through against Fognini, he’s likely to face a quarterfinal clash with Roger Federer, while Novak Djokovic seems overwhelmingly likely to be the semifinal opponent of whoever wins that one – so the road between him and a third Madrid Masters final in 2019, let alone first title, looks like being a rocky one.