Barcelona Flashback: Dominic Thiem bagels injured Daniil Medvedev

Dominic Thiem conquered the Barcelona Open title in 2019

by Jovica Ilic
Barcelona Flashback: Dominic Thiem bagels injured Daniil Medvedev

Dominic Thiem claimed his first and only Barcelona Open crown in 2019, becoming only the fourth different winner since 2005! Dominic headed to Barcelona with only nine ATP wins that year, scoring five in Indian Wells and lifting his first Masters 1000 crown.

The Austrian was eager to find his A-game at the ATP 500 event and prepare for Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros. The 3rd seed and a former finalist did that in style, ousting Diego Schwartzman, Jaume Munar and Guido Pella for a place in the semi-final.

Thiem dethroned Rafael Nadal in straight sets to advance into his 20th ATP final. Dominic needed just 73 minutes to dismiss injured Daniil Medvedev (shoulder pain) 6-4, 6-0 and conquer his 13th ATP crown, the first since St.

Petersburg last year. Playing his 33rd match of the season, Medvedev earned a chance to fight for the first ATP title on clay after reaching the semi-final in Monte Carlo a week earlier.

Dominic Thiem defeated Daniil Medvedev to claim the Barcelona Open title in 2019.

Still, after a hard-fought win over Nishikori the previous day, the Russian had nothing left in the tank.

He struggled with a right shoulder injury and dropped 12 of the last 13 games to propel Dominic over the top. Daniil landed only 51% of the first serve in and lost almost 60% of the points behind the initial shot to suffer five breaks from eight chances offered to the Austrian.

Thiem defended three break points in the encounter's second game and served well to bring the victory home in no time. Thiem had the upper hand in the shortest rallies up to four strokes and those most extended ones. He hit more winners than unforced errors and drew over 20 forced mistakes from the Russian to control the scoreboard after an early setback.

Daniil grabbed a break in the encounter's second game following Dominic's slice error. The Russian made an excellent hold to open a 3-0 lead when Thiem sent a slice into the net and settled into a nice rhythm. Motivated after that thrilling win over Rafael Nadal, Dominic broke back at love in game five after the Russian's forehand error.

Medvedev wasted a 40-0 lead at 3-3 to suffer another break and push Thiem ahead. Daniil saved a set point in the ninth game with a smash winner, but the set was out of his reach now, as the Austrian sealed it with a powerful forehand winner at 5-4 after 50 minutes.

Receiving a medical timeout before the set's final game, Daniil was miles off his best tennis and stood no chance in set number two. He allowed Thiem to claim 24 of 29 points and race over the finish line in 22 minutes after a volley winner at 5-0, producing a bagel and celebrating the most significant title on clay since Rio de Janeiro 2017.

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