Sebastian Baez deprives Dominic Thiem of the title in Kitzbuhel

Sebastian Baez deprives Dominic Thiem of the title in Kitzbuhel

Sebastian Baez was intractable this week in Kitzbühel (Austria). And Dominic Thiem paid the price in a final overflown by the Argentinian (6-3, 6-1) on Saturday. The Austrian was certainly dull from his three fights in three sets over the past three days and in particular from this epic success against Laslo Djere (6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (8)) on Friday after saving five match points. But he didn’t make the weight at all. Thiem has still not won a tournament since the US Open 2020. Baez won his third trophy after Estoril in 2022 and Cordoba last February.

Baez, only one set lost this week

With the exception of his semi-final on Friday against his compatriot Tomas Martin Etcheverry (his only lost set of the week), the 72nd in the world walked on his opponents. In a final that started an hour late due to rain, Baez made the difference at the start of each run. A first break at 2-1 on a forehand fault by Thiem allowed him to break away and if Thiem hung on in front of his public, much less boiling than the previous days, the 22-year-old Argentinian concluded the round no problem on a too long forehand return from the Austrian.

Baez then stunned Thiem by stealing his second inning faceoff. Increasingly in difficulty in his movements, the ex-world number 3 chained faults and the clenched fist at each point or almost won was not going to change anything: he was ultra-dominated and ended up giving in on a last fault of reverse.


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