ThrowbackTimes Barcelona: Dominic Thiem bagels injured Daniil Medvedev and wins title

Heading to Barcelona with only nine ATP wins under his belt in 2019 (five of those in Indian Wells where he claimed the first Masters 1000 crown), Dominic Thiem was determined to boost his clay-court game again ahead of Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros. The 3rd seed and a former finalist did that in style, ousting Diego Schwartzman, Jaume Munar and Guido Pella for the place in the semis where he dethroned Rafael Nadal in straight sets to advance into the 20th ATP final. There, Thiem needed just 73 minutes to dismiss injured Daniil Medvedev (the Russian struggled with shoulder pain) 6-4, 6-0 and conquer the 13th ATP crown and the first since St. Petersburg last year. Playing in the 33rd match of the season, Medvedev had a chance to fight for the first ATP title on clay after reaching the semi-final in Monte Carlo a week earlier. Still, the Russian had nothing left in the tank after a hard-fought win over Nishikori on the previous day, struggling with a right shoulder injury and dropping 12 of the last 13 games to propel Dominic over the top.

Daniil landed only 51% of the first serve in and lost almost 60% of the points behind the initial shot to suffer five breaks from eight chances offered to the Austrian, who had to defend only three break points in the encounter’s second game. Thiem had the upper hand in the shortest rallies up to four strokes and those most extended ones, hitting more winners than unforced errors and drawing more than 20 forced mistakes from the Russian to control the scoreboard after an early setback.

Dominic Thiem defeated Daniil Medvedev to claim the Barcelona Open title in 2019.

Daniil grabbed a break in the second game following Dominic’s slice error, making an excellent hold to open a 3-0 lead when Thiem sent a slice into the net and settle into a nice rhythm. Motivated after that thrilling win over Rafael Nadal, Dominic broke back at love in game five after the Russian’s forehand error, who wasted a 40-0 lead at 3-3 to suffer another break and push Thiem ahead.

Medvedev saved a set point in the ninth game with a smash winner, but the set was out of his reach now, with the Austrian sealing the first part of the match with a powerful forehand winner in game ten after 50 minutes. Receiving a medical timeout before the set’s final game, Daniil was miles off his best tennis and stood no chance in set number two. He allowed Thiem to claim 24 of 29 points in set number two and race over the finish line in some 22 minutes after a volley winner at 5-0, producing a bagel and celebrating the most significant title on clay since Rio de Janeiro 2017.

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