Dominic Thiem advanced to his home event final Saturday in Vienna beating US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
“I never experienced such a great atmosphere here,” said Thiem who is a perfect 8-0 in Austria this season. “It was full from the first point on. Such a loud atmosphere as well. It was perfect to play in and the match was on a very high level from the first to the last point.
“With all the support and home advantage, I was able to pull through.”
Thiem’s support will continue tomorrow in the final where he’ll collide with Diego Schwartzman. The Argentine ousted Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 in a mild upset.
“I am very, very happy,” said Schwartzman. “It was not the best few weeks before here, with China and Antwerp. Now I am feeling really good again on court. Feeling solid, patient, aggressive and focused.
“Trying to do everything good. It is really nice for me to get the confidence again. Having this kind of tournament at the end of the year is really nice.”
Thiem leads Schwartzman 4-2 in their series. They split two meetings this year, and split both previous on hard courts.
“Tomorrow is not going to be the same with the crowd cheering for me every time in these four matches,” said Schwartzman. “Tomorrow is the home guy. We played this year in Buenos Aires and it was crazy. It was a big match and I beat him. Now I play him in his home, for the third time this year, against my friend in the final of this kind of tournament. Everything is so nice for us and I am really going to enjoy it.”
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