Top-seeded Dominic Thiem gave the home crowd what it wanted on Saturday, dispatching Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (0), 6-1 to win the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, Austria, his third title of 2019.
Neither player was threatened much on his serve in the rain-interrupted first set, though Thiem had to fight off five break points to hold at 2-2. He turned it on in the tiebreaker, taking all three points on Ramos-Vinolas’ serve.
Thiem, 25, was in control throughout the second set, breaking his opponent twice and losing just five points total on his own serve.
“It is already one of my most beautiful moments ever in my tennis career,” Thiem said. “It was one of the most emotional moments because I have a special connection with Kitzbühel.
“I was here for the first time when I was 6 on this huge center court. I was watching the tournament many times.”
“I got my first wild card here and now to finish the tournament as the champion is incredible. I reached one big childhood goal today.” Thiem added.
The title was the 14th of Thiem’s career.