Dominic Thiem took home the Rio Open title on Sunday, defeating Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-4 on the red dirt.
It was the eighth career title for Thiem, who converted four of eight break points and improved to a 5-1 career head-to-head against Carreno Busta.
“This is the best feeling you can have, winning a title,” Thiem said afterwards. “It’s all you practice for. I played five very good matches, especially in the semis and final against amazing players.”
Carreno Busta broke at 3-2 in the first but could not hold the lead. In the second set they traded breaks before Thiem broke at 5-4 for the win.
Carreno Busta meanwhile won the doubles final with Pablo Cuevas, beating defending champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
“Obviously, I’m very happy after a week like this,” said Carreno Busta. “Winning the title in doubles and reaching the final in singles is great. Dominic is a fantastic player and is going to win many more titles in the coming years. I hope I can play more finals against him.”
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