ATP Beijing: Dominic Thiem tops Stefanos Tsitsipas to join Nadal, Djokovic

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ATP Beijing: Dominic Thiem tops Stefanos Tsitsipas to join Nadal, Djokovic

In the final of the ATP 500 event in Beijing, Dominic Thiem defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 11 minutes for the fourth title of the season. Dominic is the third player with four titles in 2019, joining Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and securing his spot at the ATP Finals following the yesterday's triumph over Karen Khachanov in the semis, raising his level after a couple of poor performances and hoping for more of the same next week in Shanghai.

In his first win over the top-10 rival since Roland Garros, Thiem fired 35 winners and 22 unforced errors while the young Greek counted to 31 winners and 29 mistakes, with the Austrian seizing five breaks from 14 opportunities and suffering three breaks to find himself over the top and celebrate the 15th ATP title overall.

The final kicked off with a break at love for Dominic following a volley error from Stefanos at the net, hitting a double fault in game two to lose the advantage and bring Tsitsipas back into contention. Both players served well in the next five games and it was Stefanos who grabbed a break at 4-3 after forcing an error from the opponent, moving 5-3 up and closing the set in the next game after fending off a break chance with an ace.

A smash winner pushed the youngster 2-1 in front in set number two, moving closer to the finish line but getting broken in the very next game thanks to a costly double fault. Thiem repelled a couple of break chances in the fifth game with winners and had the opportunity to grab a break at 4-3, only to squander all three break points that kept Stefanos in the set.

The Greek had a massive chance to make a big step towards the finish line, denied by a volley winner from Thiem who grabbed a set with a break in the next game following a lucky net cord, setting up a decider where he was in the driving seat.

Tsitsipas lost serve in the second game when his volley landed long, finding himself 4-0 down after a thrilling forehand winner from Thiem in game four that pushed the Austrian closer to the finish line. Serving for the title at 5-1, Dominic held at love and started a massive celebration after making his best season an even better one.