Dominant Thiem Cruises Past Medvedev to Win Barcelona Open Title

Dominic Thiem capped an impressive week to win the Barcelona Open on Sunday, securing his second title of the year.

The Russian Medvedev took a 3-0 lead to open the match and Thiem stormed back taking 12 our of the next 13 games.

Thiem, who didn't lose a set all week in Barcelona, had beaten Roger Federer in the Indian Wells final last month. "It's such an honour to win this tournament, looking at all the names who have won it I'm very happy and proud that my name is also there now", Thiem, who prevented Nadal from his bid to win a record-extending 12th title in Barcelona, told reporters. His stunning victory over Daniil Medvedev in the Barcelona Open final suggests he could launch a serious assault at the French Open.

Having won the Sydney International in January, Kvitova is the first woman to win two titles in 2019, after all of the first 18 WTA competitions of the year were won by different players. Thiem made a slow start as he trailed 3-0 but he then got into a groove as he produced a number of scorching winners, including a sublime drop shot, to win four successive games and go 4-3 up.

He has now reinforced his claim for a possible French Open title after losing the Paris final a year ago to Nadal.

"A title like this always gives you a lot of confidence, so I'll be in a good mood going into Madrid", Thiem said. "But the special thing about tennis is that I will start from zero there".

"I tried my best, but Dominic was too good today", Medvedev said. Also, the 13-time ATP title victor admires fellow Austrian tennis pro, Jurgen Melzer.

"First of all, it is one of the best [events] during the year - I really love to come here".

Kvitova battled through a tough second set to beat eighth seed Kontaveit, who reached the final on a walkover after World No. 1 Osaka pulled out of their semifinal with an abdominal injury on Saturday.

Martic, the world number 40, had lost both her previous top-level finals, but saw off Czech teenager Vondrousova 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Turkey.

  • Angelo Rivera