HALLE 2018

After some days of rest in Paris, Dominic goes with Galo Blanco to Halle. After Halle follows Wimbledon, where Dominic reached last year 1/8 finals, losing unfortunately (leading 5:2 in fifth set to Berdych).

So Dominic is planning now new coup in another Grand Slam. 

Expect details (draw and schedule) later before next weekend. Thiem will be probably seeded third, after Federer and Zverev.

Created 12.06.2018, 08:13

(from Dominic’s Instastory)

What can we expect? Everything. Like Günter Bresnik told, many more depends on the draw for grass than for other surfaces. There are grass-specialists low in the overall ranking, but able for upsets in first rounds.

The draw is so far not available, also no information on the website of Gerry Weber Open 2018 about when it is scheduled to happen.

So, like Dominic answered a question in an interview – tennis it’s all about waiting. For the draw, for weather, for the match, for the opponent to finish his medical time-out and many more 🙂 So let’s be patient. Expect Dominic to have some training ion grass in Halle tomorrow.

Updated 15.06.2018, 18:00

HERE you find the player field – partly no more actual, because Isner, Chung and Rublev have withdrawn because of injuries.

Updated 15.06.2018, 18:04

How can Thiem play on grass and … defeat The King 🙂

(Stuttgart 2017)

Updated 15.06.2018, 21:15

Main draw ceremony starts today at 13.00 CEST

Updated 15.06.2018, 11:04

Something for Dominic to learn before Wimbledon 😉

This was pure luck. But as we know, Dominic does not rely on luck but is a giant of learning – why not to have such a shot for pressure points?

Updated 15.06.2018, 12:27

Thiem teams-up Stevie Johnson to play doubles in Halle – maybe another good run like in Rome?

First round opponents are Inglot/Skugor, second round (QF) could be Peya/Mektic 🙂

Halle draw is out

Potential path to the title:

Qualifier>Marterer/Sugita>Pouille>Federer>A. Zverev

If Dominic makes it to SF, to play Federer, would be just fine as a warm-up before Wimbledon. Everything more would be a big bonus (would need to beat Federer and Zverev). But to be realistic, we should not expect big things here – to play 3-4 matches (last vs. Federer) would be good enough. Last year Dominic lost to Haase in second round (after winning the title in Stuttgart).

Updated 16.06.2018, 13:51

Here the main draw again but as PDF


Updated 16.06.2018, 13:57

Qualifiers are integrated into main draw and schedule for tomorrow is out

Dominic plays the “match of the day” – last match on the Stadium (center court) against veteran Mikhail Youzhny. Two single-handed backhanders, so funny match is to be expected. They did play only once so far in 2016, just on grass (in Stuttgart) with Dominic winning in 3 sets. But that’s of course history. Maybe about the same Youzhny, but not the same Thiem 🙂

The match starts not before 17.30 CEST.

Updated 17.06.2018, 16:50

Main draw (including qualifiers)


Updated 17.06.2018, 17:23

Short look on how Youzhny plays on grass (and loses to Misha Zverev in Stuttgart 2018)

Updated 18.06.2018,  10:40

Doubles match with Thiem/Johnson vs. Inglot/Skugor is scheduled for tomorrow, second match on court 3, after first doubles match on this court, starting at 14.00 CEST, so it may be around 15.30-16.00

About the physio action between sets Dominic told in after-match interview, that it’s not a serious problem. The knee was hurting “a bit” because of the heavy load of last weeks on clay. Lets’s hope, we can see him tomorrow, hopping happily on grass in doubles with nice partner, Steve Johnson 🙂

Updated 18.06.2018, 20:59

Kudla or Tsitsipas?

One of the 2 will be Dominic’s opponent in the QF. Well, first must Dominic win today over Sugita 🙂

Updated 20.06.2018, 16’35

Short notice for those maybe being disappointed by Dominic’s short run in Halle. In London and Halle only 3 players from Top15 are still alive after second round (reaching QF).

Roger Federer – record in clay season (won/lost) 0:0

Marin Cilic – record in clay season (won/lost) 11:5

Sam Querrey – record in clay season (won/lost)  2:4

To compare and understand everything:

Dominic Thiem record in clay season (won/lost)  26:6 (50% more than all 3 Top15 players still alive in London/Halle).

Rafael Nadal  wisely skipped grass so far and is expected to play only Wimbledon.

Updated 21.06.2018,  20:36

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