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Thiem: “It is an honor to win this tournament”

Thiem: “It is an honor to win this tournament”

Austrian Dominic Thiem, winner this Sunday of the Conde de Godó Trophy, assured after beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-0 in the final that lifting this title is something special for him.

“It is an honor to win this tournament, only the best in history have won here. Thomas Muster (also Austrian) won here, and I am very happy to put my name alongside those other champions, “said the number five in the ATP rankings.

After defeating Rafael Nadal in the semifinals (6-4 and 6-4), Thiem did not start the final in the best way – he lost the first three games – but little by little he recovered and managed to dominate with authority thanks, as he argued, “upside down, the best weapon against Medvedev.”

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«I had problems with that blow at the beginning, but it got better as the game went by. I knew that I needed it, because if you play from the bottom with him, Medvedev does not fail, “he explained.

Thiem, like all the Barcelona Open champions, celebrated his title with a swim in the RCT Barcelona pool, something the Austrian said he had “dreamed of” since the first time he discovered that tradition.

In addition to celebrating his victory, the winner of thirteen ATP titles praised Godó and his organization, because, according to what he said, he had spent “great days in Barcelona, ​​with a beautiful atmosphere, good food and on a great track.”

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Now, the world number five, after adding to his track record what in his words is “the biggest tournament” he has ever won on clay, he is already thinking of Madrid, the next big event on the professional circuit.

«A title like this always gives a lot of confidence, so I will go feeling good and playing well to Madrid, a tournament with good conditions for me. But there I will start from scratch. There will be great players fighting to win and I will have to be good from the first point, “he said.

However, Dominic Thiem denied having his mind set on Roland Garrós, the most important event of the gravel season, because despite being a finalist last year, “Paris is still quite far away” on the calendar. EFE

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