Thiem Tames Berrettini To Reach Vienna Final

Dominic Thiem (photo: e|motion/Bildagentur Zolles KG/Christian Hofer)

VIENNA, October 26, 2019

Dominic Thiem delighted his home crowd in Vienna on Saturday by reaching his first title match at the Erste Bank Open. In front of a packed crowd at the Wiener Stadthalle, the top seed rallied past in-form Italian Matteo Berrettini 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Thiem capitalized on five of his 12 break point chances to secure victory in two hours and 33 minutes. “I never experienced such a great atmosphere here,” said Thiem. “It was full from the first point on. Such a loud atmosphere as well. It was perfect to play in and the match was on a very high level from the first to the last point… With all the support and home advantage, I was able to pull through.”

The World No. 5 from Austria will next take on fifth favourite Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, who defeated No. 4 seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2.

“I am very confident now,” said Thiem. “It was a tough match mentally and physically but it was not too late. There is going to be an amazing energy again tomorrow, so I am really looking forward to that. It was a big dream from the first time I came here when I was five or six years old to be there on Sunday and tomorrow is that day. I am going to be very ready.”

Thiem, who aims to become the first Austrian champ at Vienna since Jürgen Melzer 2010, leads 4-2 over Schwartzman in the pair’s head-to-head records.