BARCELONA – Dominic Thiem overpowered Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Barcelona Open title, boosting his credentials as a potential Roland Garros champion.
A day after knocking out 11-time Barcelona winner 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.
He is also the first Austrian to take the Barcelona title since Thomas Muster in 1996.
“It’s such an honour to win here, only the biggest champions have done it,” said 25-year-old Thiem.
“I’m so happy and proud to join Muster here, now my name is on the trophy.”
Thiem hoisted the weighty 13-kilogram golden trophy in triumph in front of a full stadium on a cloudy, chilly day at a venue named for Nadal.
He has now reinforced his claim for a possible French Open title after losing the Paris final a year ago to Nadal.
Thiem needed just 73 minutes to earn victory over his seventh-seeded Russian opponent, who needed treatment on his shoulder late in the first set.
The Austrian got off to a slow start, losing his first serve, but made up for lost time by breaking Medvedev twice in the first set before completely dominating the second.
“I had troubles at the start,” Thiem said. “My slice was not working and he does not miss.
“My slice got better but I had to turn defence into offence, that was my only chance. He’s difficult to play, dangerous from the baseline.
“There were a lot of long, tough rallies in the first set, I’m really happy I made it.”
Thiem will now have a few days off prior to the start of the next big date of the pre-Roland Garros calendar, the Madrid Masters.
The Austrian now owns 13 ATP titles and nine on clay, his favourite surface.AFP