Dominic Thiem captured his 15th career title and 4th of 2019 after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win Beijing. The Austrian won seven straight games to go from 4-all in the second to 5-1 in the third.
Thiem’s four titles equals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s tour lead. The Austrian now has four career titles on hard courts.
“It feels great because today was for me one of the best matches I’ve played in my life,” said Thiem. “Game style wise and also how I came back, it’s definitely one of my biggest titles because the tournament is so strong, the draw was so strong. Makes me very happy that I stand as the champion at the end of the week.”
Thiem went to the net 25 times, winning 17.
“I think today I never went so much to the net in one match before. It’s the right thing to do. I think it’s very important to shorten up points, to finish points at the net,” Thiem said.
Tsitsipas, who was seeking his fourth ATP title, falls to 3-5 in finals.
“I was so close. Literally one point from getting a break, serving for the championship. I just did the wrong thing. I went back, wanted to take some time, in which he played smart. He serve and volleyed,” Tsitsipas said.
“It’s my first good tournament after a while. I just need to stay concentrated and not think too big of myself this week,” added the Greek. “But I have more tournaments to play. Doing well there, too, would prove that I can be consistent.”
Both players now head to the Shanghai Masters.
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