Thiem Downs Goffin For Gstaad Title
Dominic Thiem continued his run of summer dominance on the ATP World Tour, capturing his second consecutive title with a 7-5, 6-2 win over David Goffin at the Swiss Open Gstaad.
Thiem, who exactly one year ago was downed by Goffin in the Kitzbühel final, captured his third crown this year. The Austrian hoisted his maiden trophy in Nice and would further extend his winning streak in clay-court ATP World Tour 250 events (now at 13 straight victories) with a title run last week in Umag. Closing in on the Top 20, Thiem adds 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points to his rapidly growing total and takes home €80,000 in prize money.
"I returned and served well, which is very important against such a great return player," said Thiem. "Each title is very special. I’m extremely happy that my family was here this week. It’s such a great event here and a beautiful place."
In a match that featured nine breaks of serve, strong returning would be the theme of the day on a sunny late morning in Gstaad. Thiem would see an early advantage slip away after surging ahead to 3-1 in the first set, with Goffin breaking twice in a row to reel off four straight games. The top seeded Belgian would be stopped in his bid to close out the opener, however, as a double fault put proceedings back on serve at 5-5. Third seed Thiem would capitalise on the sudden momentum shift, securing another break - his third of the set - to take a one-set lead 7-5. The Austrian rallied once again after dropping serve to open the second set and this time he did not look back, claiming six of the next seven games to earn the title. He broke at love to seal the win after one hour and 26 minutes, striking five aces and claiming six of 12 break opportunities in total.
Thiem became the fourth player born in the 1990s to win three or more ATP World Tour titles, joining Milos Raonic (6), Grigor Dimitrov (4) and Bernard Tomic (3). He enters next week's Generali Open-Kitzbuhel as the top seed on home soil.
Goffin, who earns €42,100 and 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points, was appearing in his fifth tour-level final (2-3) and second of the year, having fallen to Nicolas Mahut on the grass of 's-Hertogenbosch. He still owns a 3-2 lead in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Thiem.
"Today it was very difficult, the conditions were very different from the other days," said Goffin. "Dominic's strokes are very heavy and powerful. It was very tough during the whole match.
"He played some unbelievable points. After losing the first set it was very tough for me physically. It was still a great week for me even if I lost."