Located near the French border in the Bernese Alps, the Swiss Open in Gstaad presents one of the most attractive stops on the ATP calendar and the one with a great tradition as well, starting way back in 1915. Gstaad earned a spot in the ATP calendar already in 1968 when the Open era began, with great names on the trophy winners list that includes Roy Emerson, Tony Roche, John Newcombe, Ilie Nastase, Guillermo Vilas, Ken Rosewall (one of his last ATP titles), Stefan Edberg, Sergi Bruguera and some other notable Spaniards, followed by Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Roger Federer.
Matteo Berrettini claimed the title in 2018 in a grand style, succeeded by Albert Ramos-Vinolas who toppled Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in an unexpected final. The organizers have already signed the first big name for the 2020 edition that will take place between July 20-26, with the 2015 champion Dominic Thiem seeking the second crown in Gstaad.
Five years ago, the young Austrian claimed his first ATP titles on beloved clay in Nice, Umag and Gstaad, battling past Feliciano Lopez in the semi-final in Switzerland and ousting David Goffin in the title match to join prominent champions from the past.
Dominic never competed in Gstaad again and will change that in six months, opting to stay away from the Olympic Games in Tokyo and seek titles on clay in Hamburg, Gstaad and at home in Kitzbuhel in back-to-back weeks. World no.
5 is the two-time Roland Garros finalist and one of the best players on the slowest surface in the previous half a decade, claiming ten titles on clay overall and scoring victories over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. In 2019, Thiem claimed five ATP titles and two of those came on clay, beating Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev in Barcelona before going all the way in Kitzbuhel as well, winning all 18 sets in those two events.
Dominic was also the semi-finalist in Madrid and the finalist at Roland Garros for the second year in a row, with Rafael Nadal proving to be a tough obstacle on Thiem's path towards the first Major crown that will have to wait for some other occasion.