The 8th seed Dominic Thiem is the second finalist of Madrid Masters, beating Pablo Cuevas 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 23 minutes for his biggest result at this level of competition! Thiem played a great match, losing just 12 points in 10 service games, never facing a break point in the entire encounter. On the other hand, Cuevas, who had to work much harder to earn the place in the semi-final, struggled in his service games, having to play against 10 break points.
He did well to fend off 8 of these but one break in each set was more than enough for the Austrian to bring the match home and set up a final clash with Rafael Nadal, in the repeat of Barcelona final two weeks ago. Prior to Madrid, Dominic had a modest 29-26 record in the Masters 1000 events, reaching just 4 quarter-finals, but now he will have the opportunity to play for the biggest title of his career, despite the fact Nadal is the clear favorite in that match.
It was a good start from both players in the opening 4 games and Thiem drew first blood in game 5, breaking for a 3-2 lead following a well-constructed attack and a smash from the service line. That was enough to deliver the opening set for the Austrian, who held without any troubles for the 5th time in game 10, clinching the set by 6-4 after 37 minutes.
In set number 2 Thiem was even better in his service games, keeping Cuevas away from any chance what so ever and sending all the pressure to the other side of the court. Pablo found it hard to stay unbroken, facing 7 break points, and he could only save 6 of those, dropping his serve in the final service game of the match to end on the losing side.
Dominic had a great chance to get in front much earlier, wasting 4 break points in the first game of the set (Cuevas hit 2 service winners and fends off the other 2 with good attacks) and another one in game 5 to keep his rival in contention.
Thiem managed to break in game 9 and he sealed the deal when Cuevas hit the backhand long in game 10. Semi-final result: