Daniil Medvedev takes his game to another level this clay season

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem The Canadian Press

01 May, 2019

World number five Dominic Thiem captured his second title of the year after thrashing Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-0 in the Barcelona Open final yesterday.

Thiem, who did not lose a set all week, had beaten Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final last month.

After failing to defend his Monte Carlo title, Rafael Nadal was hoping to win his first title of the season in Barcelona, where he was the three-time defending champion, the 11-time victor, top seed, and the heavy favorite.

"It's such an honour to win here, only the biggest champions have done it", said 25-year-old Thiem.

The third-seeded Thiem followed up his semifinal upset of 11-time Barcelona champion Rafael Nadal by eliminating No. 7 seed Medvedev in one hour and 13 minutes.

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Despite the slow start, Berretini won 81 percent of his service points and wore down Krajinovic with his aggressive play from the baseline.

After an early break by Medvedev, Thiem won 12 of the last 13 games to win his 13th career title - his ninth on clay. Thiem faced little resistance in the second, using his drop shots to devastating effect to wipe out seventh seed Medvedev. In Thiem's case, claiming a victory over Nadal in the Barcelona Open semi-final proves he is not daunted by the undisputed "King of Clay".

"I go to Madrid playing well and in a good mood", he added.

His clay court expertise was there for all to see in 2018 when he overcame Diego Schwartzman, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Dominc Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta to reach the final of Barcelona ATP 500 before losing to Nadal. "But the special thing about tennis is that I'll start from zero in Madrid". "At one point today, even just getting a point off him was a great achievement". We have Madrid, Rome and the French Open. However, the Estonian, who received a walkover into the final after top seed Naomi Osaka pulled out from their last four clash due to injury, missed her chances and allowed Kvitova to come back. You need to be at the peak of fitness whenever you walk onto a clay court if you want to beat the best.

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