Dominic Thiem succeeds Rafael Nadal to the throne of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Dominic Thiem is the 41st champion of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. The Austrian has beaten the Russian Daniil Medvedev in two sets this afternoon, 6-4, 6-0, and has inscribed his name in the record book of a tournament that has a 67 year history. He is the second player of that nationality that raises the Conde de Godó Trophy. In the 1990s Tomas Muster was crowned twice in 1995 and 1996.
The fifth best tennis player in the world did not give any option to his rival, who had to surrender to a high quality Thiem who adds his second title of the season, after Indian Wells. Although Medvedev took the initiative in the first set and with a menacing 3-0 it looked like he was going to take the set easily, Thiem gradually found his intelligent and classy tennis.
Also based on patience, the Austrian, who now has 13 ATP titles, neutralized the advantage thanks to constructing the points until taking the set 6-4. “Daniil was 0-3 and the moment was very difficult. I knew I would have to fight hard because he was playing very well and was hitting the ball very hard. The key I think was my backhand slice,” said Thiem.
And that is precisely what happened. To slow down the effective baseline shots of the Moscovite, Thiem started to slice and change the pace. And the strategy paid off. Thiem adapted his backhand to Medvedev’s punches and he worked his way through to victory. From that moment it was more difficult for the Russian to dictate.
The heavy conditions of the court also played in the Austrian´s favour, and Kei Nshikori’s executioner requested medical assistance and in the momentum changed dramatically. Thiem won the set 6-0 and has closed the match in 73 minutes.
With just 15 games, this final becomes the second shortest in the history of the tournament after the 2018 that faced Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas and ended with a 6-2, 6-1 score.
Thiem, who has won 12 of the last 14 games, was very happy with his triumph “in a tournament that has a history full of great champions from other eras and an Austrian, Muster.”
The two players will most likely meet again in the next Masters 1,000 of the season, the Mutua Madrid Open that starts next weekend.