Thiem Conquers Sousa In Umag Final

Austrian claims second ATP World Tour title

Dominic Thiem beat Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-1 to win the Konzum Croatia Open Umag on Sunday. The 21-year-old prevailed in 62 minutes under the eye of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who was watching the action from the stands. Thiem will receive 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €80,000, while Sousa will get 150 points and €42,100.

With the win, Thiem increased his lead over Sousa in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series to 3-0. It was his second win over Sousa in 2015, the first one coming in the opening round of Marseille. He also becomes the first Austrian to win in Umag since Thomas Muster in 1995.

“I am really happy about this week. I was able to improve my game in the semi-final and final. I didn’t make many mistakes today,” said Thiem. “It is really special to win here after playing juniors matches in this stadium.”

Sousa was attempting to become the first Portuguese to claim the Umag crown. He beat three seeded players (No. 3 Andreas Seppi, No. 5 Fabio Fognini and No. 2 Roberto Bautista Agut) to reach the final. It was his fifth career ATP World Tour final, and second of the year (l. to Bellucci in Geneva).

“I am really disappointed with my game today. I was just not good enough mentally. It wasn’t a problem of tactic,” said Sousa. “Of course I am satisfied with this week as it is tough to be in a final. However, it is hard for me to enjoy it right now.”

Thiem had eliminated top seed Gael Monfils in the semi-finals and carried over that form into the final against Sousa. He held his first three service games at love before breaking his opponent and taking the first set 6-4. In the first set, he dropped only two points on serve.

In the second set, Thiem continued his assault and raced out to a 5-0 lead, but with his opponent serving for the match, Sousa fought to 15/40 and won the next point to prolong the match. Thiem would clinch his second ATP World Tour title (2015 Nice) in the following game, on his second match point.

“You don’t win an ATP tournament every week. I got tight which is normal,” Thiem said about getting broken at 5-0 in the second set. “I will have a nice dinner with my friends tonight to celebrate. It won’t be a big party for me as I have to drive eight hours to go to Gstaad tomorrow.”