By Chris Oddo | Friday January 20, 2017
Dominic Thiem and David Goffin are on collision course once again. They met twice at majors in 2016 and have battled eight times since the beginning of 2014 (Goffin leads 5-3, but Thiem has won three of four), so there will be very little that one can do that the other hasn’t seen when they meet in the round of 16 on Monday.
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“Well, there are not many secrets,” Thiem said after defeating Frenchman Benoit Paire in four sets on Day 6. “It's going to be seventh or eighth match. We are really good friends. We had already some very important and good matches in the past. I hope it's gonna be another one.”
Goffin ended the run of Ivo Karlovic with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the second week in Melbourne for the second consecutive year. The Belgian did that at the expense of Thiem last season when he dispatched the Austrian in four tight sets in the third round last year.
Goffin has taken out two of the oldest players in the draw in consecutive matches to get to the second week. He defeated 38-year-old Radek Stepanek in the second round and on Day 6 he defeated 37-year-old Ivo Karlovic.
“I'm really happy to be back in the fourth round this year,” Goffin said. “I'm feeling good. I had last two matches was really quick, so I'm feeling fresh.”
Both Goffin and Thiem have come a long way in a short time. When they first met in 2014, neither player was inside the Top 100. Now Thiem is inside the Top 10 and Goffin has a chance to be there as well, if he can continue his winning ways.