ATP roundup: Thiem rolls to Barcelona title

ATP roundup: Thiem rolls to Barcelona title

Javier Howell
May 1, 2019

Thiem made a big statement at the Barcelona Open as he went the whole week without dropping set, beat Nadal in the semi-finals and won the tournament with a victory over Daniil Medvedev. Thiem, who didn't lose a set all week in Barcelona, beat Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final last month. "It's such an honour to win this tournament, looking at all the names who have won it I'm very happy and proud that my name is also there now", Thiem, who prevented Nadal from his bid to win a record-extending 12th title in Barcelona, told reporters.

Dominic Thiem of Austria jumps into a pool with ball boys and girls after his victory in the final of the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation in two sets 6-4, 6-0, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 28, 2019. Thats an incredible 77.5% win rate for these two legendary players.

Thiem was runner-up to Nadal at the French Open previous year.

Thiem has become a clay court specialist, and with nine of his 13 ATP Tour titles coming on the surface, he is a force to be reckoned with. Thiem made a slow start as he trailed 3-0 but he then got into a groove as he produced a number of scorching winners, including a sublime drop shot, to win four successive games and go 4-3 up. "But the special thing about tennis is that I'll start from zero in Madrid", said Thiem.

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"I tried my best, but Dominic was too good", said Medvedev who needed medical attention on his right shoulder late in the first. "All the guys there are really strong, so I'll need to be ready from the first point". "At one point today, even just getting a point off him was a great achievement".

Thiem is not the sort that will get carried away and he still has to justify his growing reputation at Madrid and Rome.

"It was tougher at the beginning of the week when I played my first and second match".

Kontaveit said that Kvitova was a "role model" after the final, but Czech joked that she didn't feel like one.