The final clay title of 2019 went to the win leader on the surface, Dominic Thiem. Thiem took his first title on his home soil in Austria today in Kitzbuhel beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(0), 6-1.
“It is already one of my most beautiful moments ever in my tennis career,” said Thiem. “It was one of the most emotional moments because I have a special connection with Kitzbuhel. I was here for the first time when I was six on this huge center court. I was watching the tournament many times.
“I got my first wild card here and now to finish the tournament as the champion is incredible. I reached one big childhood goal today.”
It was Thiem’s third title of 2019 after Indian Wells and Barcelona.
Ramos-Vinolas was seeking his second title in as many weeks after winning in Gstaad last month.
“Today is obviously not the best day for me, but I lost against a great opponent on his best surface, in his country, with all the crowd with him,” said Ramos-Vinolas. “So, I think that it has been a great week for me.”
Thiem didn’t drop a set all week and he now leads the Spaniard 2-0 on clay.
“I think he played really good, but he has had a tough two weeks so maybe he got a little bit tired,” Thiem added. “When I got the tie-break, where I played well with no mistakes, I think the match went in my direction.”
The event was the last clay tournament on the calendar until February.
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