Argentina Open: Dominic Thiem coasts past Aljaz Bedene to win second Buenos Aires title in three years
Dominic Thiem defeated Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 31 minutes to extend his perfect record at the tournament, having captured the trophy also in 2016.
Buenos Aires: Top seed Dominic Thiem won his second Buenos Aires title in three years on Sunday, laying down an early marker for the clay court season.
The 24-year-old Austrian coasted past Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 31 minutes to extend his perfect record at the tournament, having captured the trophy also in 2016.
It was the world number six's first title in nearly a year, since winning in Rio last February, and the ninth of his career.
The 24-year-old Thiem didn't lose a set at the claycourt event.
"When you win a tournament it's good news, because we're used to losing more than winning," Thiem said. "With these conditions — slow and hot — there are many chances for me to play well. It was my goal before starting the week and it is incredible to have achieved it."
"I love playing on clay. Last year, I played indoors in Europe and they are nice tournaments too but here I have a better time. I wanted to win the title and any other result would not have been good. It had almost been a year since my last title, so it was time for me to do it again," he was quoted as saying by the ATP World Tour.
The 24-year-old Bedene dropped to 0-3 against Thiem.
Thiem is just the third man in the last 30 years to win multiple titles in the Argentine capital after David Ferrer (2012-14) and Carlos Moya (1995, 2003, 2006).
In the doubles final, fourth-seeded Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina beat top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia 6-3, 5-7, 10-3.
The best progression of the week came from the Greek Maria Sakkari who reached the semi-finals in Florida after knocking out Osaka. The 25-year-old Athenian moves up six places to 19th, her highest ranking yet.
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