Thiem rolls to Barcelona title

Austria's Dominic Thiem holds up the 2019 Barcelona Open trophy

World number five Dominic Thiem won his first Barcelona Open title with a comfortable victory over Russia's Daniil Medvedev.

Thiem is the first Austrian to win in Barcelona since Thomas Muster (1995, 96).

"It's such an honour to win this tournament", said Thiem.

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.

Despite the slow start, Berretini won 81 percent of his service points and wore down Krajinovic with his aggressive play from the baseline.

The most obvious choice for the title of future "King of Clay", Thiem has show in 2018 and 2019 that he can, and probably will, win many more titles on clay including the French Open (maybe this year). Thiem faced little resistance in the second, using his drop shots to devastating effect to wipe out seventh seed Medvedev. However, the third-seeded then won 12 of the last 13 games to take the title with 6-4, 6-0 scoreline.

"I tried my best, but Dominic was too good", said Medvedev who needed medical attention on his right shoulder late in the first.

It was the 13th career singles title for the 25-year-old Thiem, the ninth on clay. "But the special thing about tennis is that I will start from zero there. In the matches I must be there from the first point, it can go very quickly in tennis". "At one point, even just getting a point off him was a great achievement". We have Madrid, Rome and the French Open.

"It was a really tough match. So I was really focused on my game", Berrettini said.

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. You need to be at the peak of fitness whenever you walk onto a clay court if you want to beat the best.



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