Thiem Out For Another Title In Munich; Almagro, Dimitrov Sunday Favorites Against First-Time Title Hopefuls
by Staff | April 30th, 2016, 9:47 pm
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Dominic Theim knocked down wunderkind Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the Munich final where he’ll face another German in Philipp Kohlschreiber.

“It’s unbelievable how he plays at 19 years old,” Thiem said. “I lost the first set and then I changed a little bit… more slice, more drop shots, and I think this was one of the key points to win it.”

Thiem will seek his third title of the season after Buenos Aires and Acapulco. Today’s victory was also the 22-year-old’s 29th of the season, tops on tour.

Kohlschreiber cruised past Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4 to reach his 14th career final. He leads Thiem 1-0 as he tries to win his seventh career title, first since Kitzbuhel last summer.

“He’s had a huge season so far. He’s a very hot player, very tough to play against him,” Kohlschreiber said of the Austrian. “I hope we’re going to see a great final tomorrow.”

There will be a Spanish champion in Estoril as Nicolas Almagro and Pablo Carreno Busta battle for the biggest crown in Portugal.

Almagro ended the hopes of bad boy Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5. “It was a tough match because I was playing against one of the most important players on the tour, a future star,” Almagro said. “The conditions were tough but I played with intensity and focus, and it worked.”

Carreno Busta beat Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-3.

Almagro is appearing in his 23rd career final, seeking a 13th title, first since 2012 Nice. The 24-year-old Carreno Busta is in his second career title match after a runner-up effort earlier this year in Sao Paulo.

In Istanbul, Diego Schwartzman will bid for his first career ATP title against Grigor Dimitrov who seeks a fifth, and first since last summer in Queen’s.

The Bulgarian needed two tiebreaks to beat Ivo Karlovic while Schwartzman defeated compatriot Federico Delbonis in three sets 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2.

“It’s been a great week for me,” said Schwartzman, who stunned top seed Bernard Tomic in the second round and saved one match point in beating Damir Dzumhur on Friday. “It’s a dream week. I tried to be focused from the baseline and play more aggressive today. When I broke his serve in the second set, that was the key for the match.

“Tomorrow it’s going to be a tough match. Grigor is an amazing player. I need to recover fast now.”

Schwartzman and Dimitrov have never played before.


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69 Comments for Thiem Out For Another Title In Munich; Almagro, Dimitrov Sunday Favorites Against First-Time Title Hopefuls

jalep Says:

Zverev bandwagon — count me in!

Didn’t see any tennis today. What happened to Nick? I was fairly confident he’d win — not that Almagro isn’t capable of beating him but the result surprised me. a little.

Also the score looks like Benoit Paire lost so tamely to Carreno Busta. I know it isn’t wise to count on Paire, tho. PCB is more consistent.

I hope Schwartzman beats Dimitrov and gets himself a title! 😜


jalep Says:

Where’s the WTA thread Tennis-X?


Margot Says:

@jalep
Me too. Me too,, says she nimbly leaping onto Sasha bandwagon. He reminds me of a young Andy tall, skinny, gawky with a mass of unruly hair. Reminds me of Andy in a less good way too…;)
I don’t normally like “giants” either but he has a fab all court game and moves really, really well.
Youngest player in top 50. Come on!


Van Persie Says:

Am also fascinated by Sascha…and like his temper :)


Margot Says:

Lol Van Persie, looks as if the old Sascha battlebus will get qui crowded. Standing room only soon.
I’ve bagged a seat near the front BTW…;)


Van Persie Says:

My mistake, Margot. Was to late there….you and Jalep took already the best seats there :(


Wog Boy Says:

Maybe that’s my problem with Sascha, tall, blond curly hair, with that thing around his head, looks of Adonis, and when he hits that FH, his hair goes flying in the air like certain one…and that turns me off.
Thiem looks more like hard working track driver, with his stocky legs and body and the wat he walks, the only thing missing is navy blue singlet.


Van Persie Says:

^^ very good description


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Thanks for Easter wishes.


danica Says:

Sorry gals, I was already in the wagon waiting for you to hop in :)


Margot Says:

Wog Boy: Thiem looks as if he would give you a very strict lecture on the failings in your moral code, whereas Sascha would just say, “Let’s dance!”
Danica, could you please budge over, you’re taking up all the front seats……;)


Wog Boy Says:

Is there wheel chair access in that bus, there is few oldies here who would like to board the bus..


danica Says:

Margot,
I moved my derriere as much as I could. See if you can fit yours in the available space :))))


Margot Says:

Lol Danica, plenty of room, I am not a “lardywoman.”
Just watching Kohls try and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but Thiem wouldn’t let him and Kohls takes first 7-6. Best tennis in tie including an amazing back hand winner by K off a smash.
@Wog Boy
I do like Thiem too and like you think he’s a future N01/slam winner, born just at the right time after big 4. Great fighting spirit as well as serve etc.


J-Kath Says:

I like the way the “veteran” Thiem commented on how well Sasha was playing at such a young age.


Wog Boy Says:

Ok ladies, I have proposal for you, can I drive the bus?

Margot,
So far really good match, I am enjoying those fired up German and Austrian fans, that Kohl’ BH in the TB came after Thiem’s Nole like overhead:)
And Thiem breaks, is this beginning of the end for Kohl?


Margot Says:

Wog Boy
I shall put your kind offer to drive the bus to the members of the committee and inform you of our decision…;)
Yes, some fab shots in this match. Kohls seems to play much better receiving serve. He’s a bit of a choker isn’t he?
And it’s one set each and yep, I think it’s advantage Thiem.


Margot Says:

So many good matches on today and they’re all on tennistv- at once! For you Giles, EEK! ;)
Angie is out, not surprised really. Petra on at mo. and Simona later. Do hope she has a good run, badly needs a confidence boost.


Wog Boy Says:

Well Kohls has different ideas, he breaks for 4:2!


jalep Says:

So many great potential match-ups throughout the Madrid draw that I’m thinking the draw is a conspiracy. Nothing random about it – ‘they’ got my email 😄 Kyrgios/Wawa…ect

Following score only – any commentary on Munich, Estoril and Istanbul matches is appreciated.

Look at that score in Munich – what did I tell ya’ll? Special K got the 1st set but wasn’t able to get a jump in the 2nd. Damn. Go Special K, go LOL…this is your chance, buddy!


Daniel Says:

Kohlsh served for the match and Thiem breaks back.

Serving 4-5, hope he turns it around.


Daniel Says:

Nice drop shot by Kolh, 15-15


Daniel Says:

15-40, Thiem losing some points at the net. Double MP for K


Van Persie Says:

Like them both….But Kohli is at home, would be a huge win for him…


Daniel Says:

Saved


Van Persie Says:

Simona plays Misaki Doi today….Misaki Doi is a fighter, she might have some chances against Halep today


Daniel Says:

Tebreak, fitting end.


Van Persie Says:

Well done Kohlmann, Congrats :)

Sorry for Thiem :(


Daniel Says:

Kolh wins it! Congrats!

Hope Time recovers in time for Madrid


Wog Boy Says:

Well this final was worthy more than 250 points, well done Kohl.


Margot Says:

And Kohls does it! So pleased for him and so pleased to be wrong. Dom has oodles of time left to do great things. Kohls not.
And on court comes the “smooth operator.” Thought he played very well against Ivo. But Ivo must be how old now?


jalep Says:

Thanks Daniel!

Congrats Kohlss (I mean it!) 🏆 He prolly won’t win many more, if any more titles in his underrated career. Thiem – that kid will be around a long time winning titles — my guess.


Wog Boy Says:

Kohl was reading Thiem’s serve well or we can say Thiem was predictable with his serve too.


jalep Says:

The Dr. Ivo is 37 going on 38, I think! have to check it.

Van Persie, the WTA Madrid Draw even looks Great! But still no Madrid WTA thread on Tennis- X, hey?

Simona worries me in any match lately…


jalep Says:

Wog Boy, Happy Easter – enjoy. I’m gonna get a load of Georgie’s mum’s yummy baklava and leftovers later today 🍾

Sexy Steps knocked out my boy Taylor Fritz and he’s another one, 37 or 38 still at it!


Van Persie Says:

Jalep,

I have no high hopes from Simona atm….and enjoy only some small steps from her :)


Margot Says:

Good to see Petra finding some fine form. Just watched her firing bullets.
@Wog Boy
Agree. Kohls was reading Thiem’s serve very well but the day was very cold and damp and probably slowed conditions down, which didn’t help his serve.
OMG Diego is only 5′ 7″ tall. Surely a different career choice would’ve been sensible?


jalep Says:

VP, yeah. me too.

19 yr. old ‘Merican’ Louisa Chirico made it through qualies and surprisingly beat Monica Niculescu !

Chirico loves clay. Not sure Niculescu does – it’s not Aga’s favorite surface. I expect Aga to get bounced by Cibby or the winner of Konta vs Garcia.

Margot – you can be in charge of seating arrangements on the Bandwagon. Cheers!

Kerber knocked out today by Barbora Strycova 😯


Margot Says:

Meanwhile, “smooth operator” playing like a very rough operator indeed, scrapes the first set.
jalep, OK will consider Wog Boy’s request…Saw a bit of Kerber match and she couldn’t keep the ball in court. Not surprised she lost TBH. Difficult to wind yourself up again after a big win.


Daniel Says:

Agree WB, Kolh was returning on the base line and made some great returns.

In Istanbul Dimi had a lot of trouble closing first set against the dominate Schwarm, who compensate his height with awesome footwork.

Hope Dimi wins and propels him for something greater. He is due to deliver.


Margot Says:

Lol Azaranka is playing in a fleecy track suit. So warm in Europe in the Spring….;)


jalep Says:

Wait, Margot…

Not sure about Wog Boy driving the bus 🍷🍸🍹🍾

His talents might be better put to use entertaining bandwagon passengers 😉

Yeah. True about Kerber needing a rest before the final push to FO. Noticed she’s not the only one ‘exiting’ Madrid.

Vika cracks me up.


Van Persie Says:

wow…Siegemund bageled Kuznetsova in 1 set


jalep Says:

Not that I dislike Grigor. Just think a) this is just the kind of tournament Diego had/has a reasonable shot at for a title. b) Maybe Grigor needs a loss like this to get him to take his ego completely out of the equation and knuckle down to focusing/ paying attention – not suffering from neurons mis-firing and lapses in concentration during matches.

I’m taller than Diego. He’s amazingly good in this league.

Margot – I make an exception for Sascha – he can play in whatever category he wants! short- medium – giants 😘


MMT Says:

I believe Dimitrov’s title at Queen’s was two years ago (over Lopez). Murray won the title last year over Kevin Anderson.


jalep Says:

Was guessing Kuznetsova would win this match. I suspected she bailed from that Prague SF, gave the walkover to Stosur, all to get to Madrid earlier than some others.

Siegemund was probably frustrating Sveta that first set! And Sveta must be serious about NOT exiting Madrid – she’s fighting (looks like; only following score).


jane Says:

margot is zverev younger than coric? if so, it must be ballpark. both are 19 i think?

i guess zverev gets a lot of advice from fed?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/andymurray/12104525/Australian-Open-2016-Andy-Murray-must-beware-Roger-Federer-influence-in-Alexander-Zverev.html

——

wow, looks like thiem vs khols was a nail-bitter. wish i could’ve watched it.


Daniel Says:

WTF happened with Dimi. Left when he was leading second set and now he is losing 1-5?!?!?!


Daniel Says:

Actually he didn’t hod after 40-15 and got a bagel third set vy a Scharw who look spent at one point. Bizarre!


jalep Says:

Terrible behavior from Dimitrov – disrespectful to his opponent do that in a final, imo.

Nothing taken away from the fight and tenacity; the accomplishment of this win for Diego Schwartzman.

This is make an impression on Grigor (hopefully) more than a 250 win. Come on Grigor, pick yourself up.


Margot Says:

jane
Sascha is 6 months younger.
Stopped watching Dimi match, was jumping around the women’s. 2 Brits playing.


MMT Says:

“jalep Says: Terrible behavior from Dimitrov”

Agree 100% – it’s not just terrible for a final, but any match for that matter. All he had to do was finish the match honorably, then he could behave in private, however he wanted.

Here, he takes the attention away from the champion, he doesn’t give him the honor of a match point, he quits before the match is over.

I understand his frustration with the way he lost that match, but that’s absolutely no excuse. Shame on him.


MMT Says:

Although, I have to say he did handle the after match interview well, but that’s the least he could have done.


jalep Says:

Bad luck for Laura Robson having to play Vika first match. Konta retired? Watson lost to Gavrilova. Mericans aren’t doing well either, I see.

Words from Grigor “Congrats to Diego. I let my family, fans, and team down. I apologize for my behavior… It’s all my fault…”

Okay, forgiven. Dimi. But get your head on straight. Stop going off into lalaland during matches. Get mentally strong.


jane Says:

what? grigor quit before the match was oveR?

kyrgios (6’4″) and zverev (6’6″) are definitely in the giants league, if there is one.
coric, chung and thiem are more “normal” in height at 6’1″

rublev is only 18 – didn’t realize that! (he’s 6’2″)

who are the young american up-and-comers?


Margot Says:

Simona cruising at mo. But I know nothing about her opponent.
A long, hard road back for Laura.
What did no-longer-very-smooth-operator do?
Good for Diego anyway. Sounds as if he truly “deserved” that


jane Says:

wow, schwartzman is my height!
what? 5’7″ … wow.
anyhow, congrats to him on his first title.


jalep Says:

Whoa. Laura Siegemund knocks out Kuznetsova. That makes me a bit sad actually. I like Sveta remaining competitive. Siggy is somethin’ tho!


RZ Says:

@Margot – I saw a tweet from Ben Rothenberg who said he thought Laura was hitting really well and looking fit. A 6-4 6-2 loss to an in-form Azarenka is the best result she’s had in her short comeback, so I have hope for her.


RZ Says:

Nice win for Kohls on home soil. And good showing for Thiem – onward and upward!


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

Misaki Doi can be very tricky, even if she’s very small. Kerber a had a very difficult match in the first round from AO this year. Doi had even match point.
Last year at the FO Ivanovic had also a tough match against her.
She is very quick and I like the way she plays
Given the latest matches from Simona, I expected Doi to beat her…tbh,


gee Says:

Weakest tennis era ever!
Strong veteran wins a nail biter against new star!

No years of miserable tennis or severe choking.
What a concept.


Margot Says:

Thanks RZ that is good news :)
And thanks for the info Van Persie. I shall go and watch now.
jane…..so, in the light of possible imbibing of plum brandy, you would advise against hiring Wog Boy?….;)


Margot Says:

And Simona wins, 6-0, 6-3. She looked pretty good.
Excellent.
I noticed Siegemund had big strapping on her thigh, so don’t know how deep she’ll go.


jalep Says:

I got to watch the ending, VP. Yay, congrats to the select few jalapeno fans!

Dominika Cibulkova to destroy Aga next? 😨 ack


Markus Says:

I never liked Dimitrov and I always wondered why. Now I have a reason.


jane Says:

margot, he might not be the best driver under the circumstances. ; )


Van Persie Says:

Hehe, Jalep,

So you made it ;)..Congrats to you.:)
It would be great for Simona, if she would play a few good matches.

Siegemund played also some matches for qualification in the 1 round, she played Stuttgart final…She will not make it very far in Madrid, I guess.


J-Kath Says:

Goodness…I switched off as I thought Grigor had the win in his hands. Goes to show it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

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