Dominic Thiem wins the Austrian Pro Series event



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Dominic Thiem wins the Austrian Pro Series event

Austria's Dominic Thiem, ranked No. 3 in the world, won the Austrian Pro Series on Friday with a 6-2, 6-0 win over David Pichler, ranked no. 343 in the world.

Dominic Thiem wins the Austrian Pro Series event

The tournament featured the 16 best players in the country.

Thiem won 6-2, 6-0 in just under an hour, fulfilling his status as the tournament favourite. The tournament took place in the town of Maria Enzersdorf. The final was played without any fans due to the rules in force in Austria to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

Prior to this, Thiem had been involved in the controversial Adria Tour organized by Novak Djokovic, which resulted in several players and some members of their team getting infected with the coronavirus. In a message on Instagram after the incident, Thiem said he was shocked when he got the news from the Adria Tour.

The event was called off following the second leg in Zadar, Croatia. "We played without an audience for weeks, so we have been more than happy about the fans at the event. We trusted the Serbian government's corona rules, but we have been too optimistic.

Our behaviour was a mistake, we acted too euphorically. I am extremely sorry. I've now got tested five times within the last 10 days and the result was always negative. I wish everyone who is infected all the best and quick recovery."

Pichler and other domestic players will now compete at the Austrian state championships in Oberpullendorf, where Thiem will not be participating. Pichler is the defending champion at the event, which has a prize money of 40,000 euros and will be broadcast live on ORF Sport + over five days.

Dominic Thiem has a career-high ATP ranking of world No. 3 and he is the second highest-ranked Austrian player in history, behind Thomas Muster (who was ranked No. 1 in 1996). Thiem has won 16 ATP Tour singles titles, including the 2019 BNP Paribas Open.

He has also reached the finals of the 2018 and 2019 French Open, losing to Rafael Nadal on both occasions, and the 2020 Australian Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. Earlier this year, Thiem defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets at the Australian Open in Melbourne to reach the semi-finals there and then defeated seventh seed Alexander Zverev in four sets to make his first Grand Slam final on a hard court.