Antwerp 2022: Dominic Thiem vs Michael Geerts preview, head-to-head, prediction, odds and pick | European Open
Dominic Thiem will face local wildcard Michael Geerts in the first round of the European Open on Monday.
Thiem returned to action during the clay-court season after spending several months on the sidelines due to a wrist injury. He was on a losing spree for a while before returning to winning ways at the Nordea Open in Sweden.
The Austrian has reached two semifinals so far this season, most recently at the Gijon Open. He started the tournament with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-0 win over Joao Sousa and followed that up by defeating Marcos Giron 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
He then faced fourth seed Francisco Cerundolo in the quarterfinals and beat him 6-4, 6-3 to set up a semifinal clash with Andrey Rublev, who got the better of the Austrian, winning 6-4, 6-4 to book his place in the final.
World No. 267 Michael Geerts has played mainly on the ATP Challenger tour and the ITF circuit so far this season. He did represent Belgium in their Davis Cup Finals tie against France, with his only match coming against Richard Gasquet. The 36-year-old beat him 6-3, 6-3 and the French went on to win the tie 2-1. Belgium previously lost to Germany and Australia, and finished their group in last place.
Day three at the ATP Antwerp Open will feature plenty of exciting action with six matches on the schedule in Belgium. As always, we here at LWOT will be offering our predictions for every match, including Hubert Hurkacz vs Jack Draper. But who will advance?
Head-to-head: Evans 2-0 Lestienne
The pair faced off less than a month ago in the San Diego quarterfinals and Dan Evans won in comprehensive fashion, dropping only four games in the process. Here in Antwerp, the Briton is once again a clear favourite to advance, despite Constant Lestienne’s encouraging run of form which saw him follow up that San Diego quarterfinal run with a semifinal in Tel Aviv the following week. He did look to have cooled off somewhat in Gijon however, where his countryman Arthur Rinderknech dismissed him in the second round. Expect Evans, who looked sharp in the first round, to win similarly comfortably.
Both players have reached a final in the last month, Marcos Giron in San Diego (the first of his career) and Sebastian Korda last week in Gijon, but both were beaten handily there by Brandon Nakashima and Andrey Rublev. In theory at least, Korda is the more talented player and the 22-year-old seems primed for a big breakthrough at some point, but it hasn’t come yet despite some positive results. Still, provided fatigue doesn’t prove an issue after his run to the final last week, he should be able to dominate the baseline battle against an opponent who’s established himself a solid ATP player, but doesn’t have the same sort of upside.