ATP roundup: Thiem rolls to Barcelona title

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Austria's Dominic Thiem center speaks with Spain's Rafael Nadal after defeating him

Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem followed up his sensational win over all-time great Rafael Nadal on Saturday by besting Daniil Medvedev to clinch the Barcelona Open title 6-4, 6-0 in the Spanish city.

A day after knocking out 11-time Barcelona victor Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, the third-seeded Austrian claimed his second title in four events after beating Roger Federer at Indian Wells last month. Thiem, who didn't lose a set all week in Barcelona, beat Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final last month.

Thiem is the first Austrian victor in Barcelona since Thomas Muster, who won in 1995 and 1996.

"It's such an honour to win this tournament", said Thiem.

Former world No 21 Gilles Muller watched Thiem throughout the Barcelona Open and he also backed Nadal as the man to beat. Thats an incredible 77.5% win rate for these two legendary players.

The Austrian, 25, become damaged early on however then took 12 of the next 13 video games to win 6-4 6-zero in a single hour thirteen mins.

Thiem dropped only five points in the second set, winning 14 in a row at one stage. Looking at all the names who have won it I'm very happy and proud that my name is also there now.

"A title like this always gives you a lot of confidence, so I'll be in a good mood going into Madrid".

His clay court expertise was there for all to see in 2018 when he overcame Diego Schwartzman, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Dominc Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta to reach the final of Barcelona ATP 500 before losing to Nadal.

"I had troubles at the start", Thiem said.

Russian Medvedev needed treatment on his shoulder late in the first set, but insisted the injury was not the main reason for his defeat. "All the guys there are really strong, so I'll need to be ready from the first point".

Dominic Thiem will be competing at Mutua Madrid Open next.

Martic, the world number 40, had lost both her previous top-level finals, but saw off Czech teenager Vondrousova 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Turkey.

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