ATP Kitzbuhel: Dominic Thiem wins first title in front of home fans



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ATP Kitzbuhel: Dominic Thiem wins first title in front of home fans

World no. 4 Dominic Thiem has completed his 2019 duties on clay with the title in front of the home fans in Kitzbuhel, becoming the first Austrian champion here since Thomas Muster in 1993. Dominic defeated Sebastian Ofner, Pablo Andujar, Lorenzo Sonego and Albert Ramos-Vinolas for the 14th ATP title in a career, becoming the third player in 2019 with three ATP titles after Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

In the title clash, Dominic took down an in-form Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6, 6-1 in an hour and 38 minutes, earning the second straight win over the more experienced rival who claimed the title last week in Gstaad, hoping for another one in similar conditions in Austria.

Both players had their chances in the opening four games, with Ramos-Vinolas fending off two break points in the first game and wasting five opportunities on the return at 2-1 and failing to move in front and gain the momentum.

Dominic landed some bold hitting to overcome this obstacle, bringing the game home with a forehand down the line winner and staying neck and neck with Ramos-Vinolas until game nine when the rain halted the action for more than an hour, serving well once they returned to set up a tie break that Thiem claimed 7-0 with a booming forehand down the line winner, gathering a massive boost and giving the crowd something to cheer about.

A smash winner earned the opening game for Dominic in set number two, breaking Albert in the next game after a forehand error from the Spaniard and opening a 3-0 advantage with another strong attack to move closer to the finish line.

A left-hander netted another forehand in game six to suffer a break, allowing Thiem to seal the deal in the next game, erasing a break point and hitting a service winner to cross the finish line and celebrate the first title in front of the home fans.