The young gun has shot twice, back-to-back winning titles in Umag and Gstaad. From Croatia to Switzerland, nothing really changes for Dominic Thiem. The 21-year-old from Austria has officially started his climb to the highest position in the rankings of men's tennis.
Just one week after conquering his second title of the year in Umag, Thiem flew to Gstaad and won his third career title beating David Goffin in the final. Dominic beat the Belgian in straight sets with the final score of 7-5 6-2, getting his revenge from the loss faced against David a year ago in Kitzbuhel.
With three ATP titles under his belt, Dominic becomes the first Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1996, to take home at least three ATP titles in the same season. Almost twenty years ago, Thomas won 7 titles in a year, but to achieve something like that could all but be impossible for Dominic in the upcoming years.
Thanks to his talented tennis of anticipation and now consistency and aggression, Dominic found his best tennis on the nothern European clay. Since getting his Zack Morris hair-cut, Dominic has appeared unstoppable. With the win in Gstaad, Dominc tied Bernard Tomic in third place for the most ATP titles won by players born in 1990s.
Raonic leads the list with 6 titles, followed by Dimitrov's 4. Despite the great achievement and convincing fashion, the final played by Thiem against Goffin wasn't the greatest. Goffin appeared off his best game, unable to hurt with his serve, while Thiem took advantage of the bad day of the Belgian staying solid and playing his consistent tennis.
Dominic closed the contest with a winning return on the line, raising his hands to the sky, happy in his childish smile. The MATCH POINT:
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