BET-AT-HOME CUP KITZBUHEL 2014
Thiem, Goffin Eye First ATP World Tour Title In Kitzbühel Final
by ATP Staff|
Dominic Thiem will attempt to become the first Austrian champion at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel since 1993 on Saturday when he plays David Goffin in the final. Both players will be contesting their first ATP World Tour title match.
Thiem is bidding to follow in the footsteps of former World No. 1 Thomas Muster, the titlist 21 years ago, after he beat 2007 winner Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-1 in the semi-finals. Fifth seed Thiem won 82 per cent of his service points and hit six aces for victory in 59 minutes.
"I lost my first [ITF] Futures final as well as my first [ATP] Challenger [Tour] final," said Thiem. "I hope that this series will end tomorrow here in Kitzbühel. David has plenty of confidence, he's been playing unbelievably well during the last few weeks. The crowd has been a huge help this week. They carried me through some very difficult matches."
Wild card Goffin fired down eight aces to defeat qualifier Maximo Gonzalez 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 23 minutes at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament.
Since losing to Andy Murray in the Wimbledon first round on 23 June, the 23-year-old Goffin has won 19 matches in a row – winning 38 out of 39 sets – including three ATP Challenger Tour titles at Scheveningen (d. A Beck), Poznan (d. Rola) and Tampere (d. Nieminen).
"I didn't expect to be in the final this week, 19 victories in a row is unbelievable," said Goffin. "After the third Challenger in Tampere, I was a little bit tired, but I played with confidence. I came here, not knowing how I would be physically. But this week, I have played well. I am relaxed and have developed my confidence."
Filip Dewulf was the last Belgian titlist in Kitzbühel in 1997.
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Finns Reach Doubles Final
Finns Henri Kontinen and Jarkko Nieminen knocked out Lukas Dlouhy and Jonathan Marray 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-7 in 88 minutes for a place Saturday’s doubles final. Nieminen has a 3-4 record in ATP World Tour finals, having last reached a team title match in May 2013 at the BMW Open by FW AG (w/Tursunov). Kontinen will contest his first final.
They will face Daniele Bracciali and Andrey Golubev, who edged past third seeds Martin Emmrich and Lukas Rosol 6-3, 2-6, 10-4 in 73 minutes. Bracciali, the 2011 Kitzbühel winner (w/S. Gonzalez), is 5-5 in doubles finals. Golubev is appearing in his first doubles final.