Thiem Breezes Past Medvedev For Barcelona Title

The NextGen clay courter, Dominic Thiem lifted up his second ATP title of the year, on Sunday in Barcelona.

World number 4 Thiem shocked Spaniard Nadal on home turf 6-4, 6-4 in his semi-final match to set up a date with Russian youngster Medvedev on Sunday, the 23-year-old from Moscow is ranked 10 points behind Thiem in the ATP world rankings. In clinching the Barcelona Open, the 25-year-old became the first Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1996 to get his hands on the trophy.

Thiem told www.atptour.com: "Winning this means a lot to me because it's such a traditional and special tournament". His stunning victory over Daniil Medvedev in the Barcelona Open final suggests he could launch a serious assault at the French Open. Also, the 13-time ATP title victor admires fellow Austrian tennis pro, Jurgen Melzer.

Despite the slow start, Berretini won 81 percent of his service points and wore down Krajinovic with his aggressive play from the baseline. "It's a big moment for me".

He has now reinforced his claim for a possible French Open title after losing the Paris final a year ago to Nadal.


Having knocked out 11-time champion Rafael Nadal in the previous round, Thiem rallied from a sluggish start in the opening set to prevail 6-4 6-0 after one hour and 13 minutes on court.

"I tried my best, but Dominic was too good", said Medvedev who needed medical attention on his right shoulder late in the first. "In the matches I must be there from the first point, it can go very quickly in tennis".

A two-time Wimbledon champion and runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in January, Kvitova will be chasing her third career major at the French Open next month, and said she had found footing on clay with the triumph.

"Congratulations Petra, you are a real role model", said Kontaveit.

Kvitova battled through a tough second set to beat eighth seed Kontaveit, who reached the final on a walkover after World No. 1 Osaka pulled out of their semifinal with an abdominal injury on Saturday.


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