Dominic Thiem collected his first career title in Vienna Sunday coming from a set down to deny Diego Schwartzman 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The title was Thiem’s tour-leading 5th of the season and second in Austria after Kitzhubel over the summer.
“It’s been an unbelievable year for me in Austria, to win titles in Kitzbuhel and now here in Vienna,” said Thiem who in 9-0 in his home country. “I have had some troubles to deliver my best tennis in front of these amazing crowds in Kitzbuhel and also here in Vienna and now, in the same year, I win both titles. It is completely unreal to me.”
Schwartzman held a set lead with a break chance to go up 4-2, but a timely Thiem ace swatted the chance and the Austrian took charge from there.
“Three times this week, I came from one set down,” said Thiem. “To share the court and final with a guy who became a very close friend in all these years is very nice in one way. To beat him in such an important match is hard in the other way.
“It has been a dream week.”
The 27-year-old Schwartzman was bidding for his 4th career title.
“I am very happy because I have got the confidence again,” said Schwartzman. “I felt very good on court. The support of the people was crazy. It was really nice and real for me. In another place, really far from home, I felt really nice. After the first set, he played so aggressive. He was better than me and that is why he won the title.”
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