Feb 27, 2016
One more victory for Dominic Thiem, this season’s boy sensation grasped his first ATP 500 title and first to beat Bernard Tomic during final round 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3.
It nearly was a perfect month for the Austrian player that arrived to Acapulco after being crowned in Buenos Aires and semifinal round in Rio de Janeiro. With this victory he brought up his repertoire of won games to 18-4 in 2016 leading the professional circuit. The 22 year-old player is one of nine players born in the 90’s that has lifted an ATP trophy; counting Acapulco’s title he now owns five titles –Acapulco is his first on hard-court.
“Mexico has a special place in my heart” shared Thiem before holding the guaje trophy. He recalled he played in Mexico as a Junior so Mexico brings really good memories.
It was Thiem’s and Tomic’s first Head2Head. Dominic had a shaky as he started going down 1-4 but picked up his pace and demonstrated his powerful drive and was able to connect 10 direct serves and capitalize 82% of his points. At the end he managed to come back and keep that first set during the tie-break after an unforced error by Tomic.
“It took me a while to pick up my pace, it was a tied match so I feel fortunate to win today. I’m very happy, this has been my greatest achievement ‘till now. It is only February and I have already won a 500, I hope to do better and better. I’m very confident for what is coming and I have no time to rest. I will do whatever it takes to keep myself in shape”, Dominic said.
Tomic kept fighting during the second set and in his fifth game took the serve from the Austrian player after saving a breakpoint thanks to two excellent serves.
Tomic took advantage of the first game of the third set with a break but was not able to maintain his dominance that made him lose focus.
During fourth game, Thiem scored yet another break after a double fault by Tomic securing his victory. Thiem concluded the meeting with 22 ace serves, 8 by Tomic.
“It is a disappointing loss, I had my chance to win and did not take advantage of it. I feel frustrated”, admitted Tomic, who will dawn Monday ranked 20 ATP.