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Dominic Thiem continues stunning season with hard-fought title victory in Acapulco

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Thiem will climb to a career-high ranking of No.14 after his win in Mexico.

Dominic Thiem clinched his second title of the year with a hard-fought victory against Bernard Tomic in Acapulco. The Austrian will add 500 ATP points to his ranking after he defeated Tomic 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in one hour and fifty-five minutes.

 

The match had started so well for Tomic as the Australian won more of the early baseline exchanges, and was rewarded with the first break of serve, breaking in game four when Thiem missed a forehand. The momentum changed near the end of the set as Thiem held to love, forcing Tomic to attempt to serve out the set. The Australian failed to do so, Thiem breaking to love, and then holding by the same score to level up. Thiem used his change in form to take the tiebreak and the set in the players first career meeting.

Tomic did well to put the disappointment of the first set behind him, as he once again earned the early lead in the second. Thiem tried to fight back, and had break points in successive Tomic service games late in the set, but this time the Australian held firm to force a decider.

Both men began to post miserable numbers on second serve points won in the third, with neither able to win more than 29%. Tomic proved only average on first serve with 63% points won, whilst Thiem produced a dominating 80%. Tomic again had the early lead, but this time surrendered it quickly, and would win just two more games as Thiem quickly took control of the set and match, breaking for the lead and then successfully serving for the title.

500 ATP points will see Theim climb to a career-high ranking of No.14, and within striking distance of the Top 10. Bernard Tomic will earn 210 points after improving on his quarter-final effort last year that had yielded him 90. He will move back into the Top 20, but will not reach his career-high ranking of No.17.

Thiem on his title run, and his overall form: “These three weeks have been amazing. Winning my first 500 title and first hard-court title, it was just perfect. It was how a final should be, between two young and up-and-coming players. I hope we’re going to play many more finals together. Both of us wanted to win so badly and I’m happy I was the one today.”

Tournament Round-up: David Ferrer shrugged off concerns over his form, claiming exhaustion after his second- round exit to Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Ukrainian proved his return to form with a semi-final run. Steve Johnson’s poor start to the year continued, but Sam Querrey looks back to something like his best form, reaching the semi-finals. Taylor Fritz continues to impress after reaching the quarter-finals after wins against Jeremy Chardy and Victor Estrella Burgos.

 

 

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Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career

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Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.

 

Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.

 

“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati

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David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.

 

Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”

 

 

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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