Dominic Thiem on falling one win short of winning his first title since 2020 US Open



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Dominic Thiem on falling one win short of winning his first title since 2020 US Open

Former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem admitted he wasn't happy with the way he performed in the Rennes Challenger final but added it was still a positive week at the French tournament. Thiem, who was bidding to win his first title since the 2020 US Open, was crushed by Humbert in the Rennes final as the Frenchman claimed a 6-3 6-0 victory.

En route to reaching the Rennes final, Thiem defeated Gilles Simon, Ryan Peniston, Adrian Andreev and Hugo Gaston. "I am not happy with my performance yesterday, but it was a good week. It feels great that my shots get back their old strength.

Now it’s time to get more solid and used to playing long and intense matches back to back," Thiem wrote on Twitter.

Thiem shows class by congratulating Humbert

Thiem maybe didn't stand a chance versus Humbert, but that didn't prevent him from congratulating the Frenchman and praising his performance.

Now, Thiem is set to play at the ATP 250 event in Metz, where he plays Richard Gasquet in the first round. "Congrats, @HumbertUgo, for an excellent week - you are a great player! I enjoyed the week here in Rennes. It’s a lovely city!

See you all in Metz," Thiem added.

Thiem got off to a slow start to the Rennes final as Humbert earned the first break of the match in the fourth game to open a 3-1 lead.

Down by a break, Thiem had his chances to get back into the first set but he missed out on three break points in the fifth game and two more break points in the seventh game. After saving a total of five break points, Humbert routinely served out for the first set in the ninth game.

Thiem never recovered from not realizing his first set chances as Humbert won the second set without a game lost to complete a straight-set win. Thiem will be looking to make another deep run in Metz, where he reached the final in 2016.