Dominic Thiem is aiming to be the first Austrian to win the Erste Bank Open title when he meets Diego Schwartzman in the final Sunday in Vienna since 2010.
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Ball seed Dominic Thiem is aiming for the first Erste Bank Open title in Vienna, while defending against London foreigner Diego Schwartzman in the final Sunday.
Thiem found himself in some major battles this week to advance to his first Vienna final in 10 big wins this week. The host hope won a hard set in his campaign for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's opening round and won his first victory in five attempts on the Spanish veteran before defeating Fernando Verdasco for the third. Thiem will continue to benefit from the retirement of Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarter-finals, but he was forced to deepen in the semifinal opening with the US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini, opening set and a little tense 5-5 minutes to go, 3-6, 7-5, He won the 6-3 points and sent the Vienna crowd to the wild celebrations.
Iem I've never experienced such a wonderful atmosphere here, ilk said the first Austrian Thiem, who defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer in 2010 by Jurgen Melzer.
“It was full from the first point. Very noisy atmosphere. The game was perfect and the match was at a very high level from the first point to the last point … With all the support and homeowner advantage, I was able to shoot. "
Thiem won his second title in the home soil this season after winning the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel a few months ago, and went up to 8-0 in his hometown in Austria's current Vienna run. Thiem fought sickness and injury after winning at Kitzbühel, retired from Cincinnati, lost in the opening round of the United States, and numbered 163 from the Finnish Cup in the Davis Cup. Emil Emil went to Ruusuvuori. However, the 26-year-old returned strongly during the Asian movement and won the fourth title of the season in Beijing and made the quarterfinals in Shanghai.
Overall, it was again a high-quality season for Thiem, who recorded 44-16 records, earning the first girls Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells, two more churches in Barcelona and Kitzbuhel, and finishing second. . On the French Rafael Nadal for the second year in a row. Traditionally, Thiem struggled with fatigue and burnout at this stage of the season, but is now in a very good position to win 11 of his last 12 games. Can he retain his first Vienna crown on Sunday?
Diego Schwartzman will have other ideas. After completing the second race in Antwerp in Argentina, 2016 and 2017, taking part in the third ATP final in the home field, this week only one set against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Sam Querrey, second insemination Karen Khachanov and fourth seed Gael Monfils. left with victories. On Saturday, Schwartzman defeated all of his four break points against Monfils in the semifinals, defeating his London rivals with a score of 6-3 6-2 in 74 minutes and the best win in 2019, 392. doubled. In 2017, he arranged it.
“I'm very, very happy, Schw Schwartzman said. “With China and Antwerp, this place wasn't a few weeks ago. Now I feel good again on the field. [I am] feels solid, patient, aggressive and focused.
"[I am] Trying to do everything well. It's really nice for me to trust me again. It is really nice to participate in this kind of tournament at the end of the year. "
Schwartzman still doesn't have the chance to grab one of the last two spots for the ATP Finals in London, his run to the final of Vienna raised him to 14th place in the race, while Argentina rose to number 12. You can win the title.
After breaking his first 2017 in the first Masters 1000 and Grand Slam quarterfinals in Canada and the US Open for the first time in 2017, Schwartzman was based on 15-30 groups in the rankings and at the top of his career at the 500-level Rio Open. # 11, last year after winning the French Open quarterfinals. Schwartzman dropped to number 26 at the start of this season, but after winning his third career title in Los Cabos, he was moving in the right direction again, and if he could win the Vienna title, he would go to number 12.
Thiem went head-to-head 4-2, but Schwartzman won two of his last three meetings in Canada two years ago and his last clash over the hardcourt. Argentina has a better chance on a hard field against Thiem, but it is difficult to pass Austria in front of the household. Schwartzman's excellent movement and return of service should see Thiem push in all directions, but I think when he starts pushing in this final, the top seed will find something extra to cross the line.