Fifth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem expects world No. 2 Novak Djokovic to be at his best when they meet this Sunday in the Australian Open final. Thiem, 26, overcame a slow start to the match to beat No. 7 seed Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-4 7-6 (3) 7-6 (4) and make his maiden final at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic, a record seven-time Australian Open champion, has never lost a final at Melbourne Park. Also, the 32-year-old Serb also owns a positive 6-4 head-to-head record over Thiem. However, the Austrian won their last two meetings as he beat the Serb at last year's French Open and Nitto ATP Finals.
"I won I think more of the last encounters than he (Djokovic) did. But I think it doesn't count so much. It's absolutely his comfort zone here. He always plays his best tennis in Australia since many, many years. So I'm expecting that as well in the finals," Thiem told reporters after beating Zverev, per Ravi Ubha.
Thiem, a back-to-back French Open runner-up, will be aiming to beat Djokovic and lift his maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park.