After coming up just short in the 2017 final, Dominic Thiem got it done today hammer Russian giant Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-0 to win his first Barcelona title.
“Winning this means a lot to me because it’s such a traditional and special tournament,” said Thiem. “Only great players have won here. Rafa has won it 11 times and it means a lot that Muster won it twice. It’s a big moment for me.”
Thiem stunned tournament favorite Rafael Nadal on Saturday, and this afternoon fell behind 3-0 but then reeled off won 12 of the last 13 games to win his 13th career title and 9th on the clay.
“A title like this always gives you a lot of confidence, so I’ll be in a good mood going into Madrid. But the special thing about tennis is that I’ll start from zero in Madrid,” said Thiem. “All the guys there are really strong, so I’ll need to be ready from the first point.”
Medvedev entered this clay season with just two career wins on the clay at the tour level, but has shown considerable improvement already reaching the Monte Carlo semifinals and now the title match in Barcelona.
“I tried my best, but Dominic was too good,” said Medvedev who needed medical attention on his right shoulder late in the first. “At one point today, even just getting a point off him was a great achievement.”
— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 28, 2019
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