The Austrian Dominic Thiem clinched the third title of the season in St. Petersburg. The top seed claimed four breaks to outplay the 2012 champion Martin Klizan 6-3 6-1 after an hour and nine minutes and seal his first hardcourt title since Acapulco 2016.
«It means really a lot for me. It is my first indoor title, that is really amazing, and that’s why I was a little bit tight at the end and I am happy I made that game on my serve. First of all, it always means a lot to win the tournament.
There are not too many guys who win the tournament every year. So I am happy I won my first indoor title here in St. Petersburg. It is one of the nicest ATP 250 tournaments. People treat is amazing, the great hotel, and super arena so I couldn’t find a better place to win my first indoor title than here in St.
Petersburg», said the Austrian. Thiem, who leads the ATP World Tour with 48 match wins in 2018, is projected to climb past Kevin Anderson into seventh place in the ATP Race To London. The Austrian saved the two break points he faced in the final game of the match against the ailing Klizan.
Early on in the match, Thiem took advantage of his heavier baseline game to gain the competitive edge against the Slovak, who had beaten him in the three previous meetings at tour level. Klizan came out firing early, using his thunderous forehand to outmuscle the ace leader in the tournament.
But the Austrian's intensity appeared to wear on Klizan, who suffered from an ankle injury during the quarter-final match and asked for a medical time-out but, quite inexplicably, they said he had to wait for the next changeover.
Thiem has now captured three titles this year, earning that many victories in one season for the third time (also 2015 and 2016). Klizan ended an impressive week losing his first career ATP final. Beating Thiem, he would have become the first player since the ATP World Tour began in 1990 to win his first seven title matches.