Dominic Thiem won his second title of the season (also the second of his career, following Nice, a few months ago) after defeating João Sousa 6-4, 6-1 in the Umag final.
The 21-year-old from Austria had a bit of luck this week, benefiting from not one, but two retirements, in back-to-back matches (Dusan Lajovic in the second round, and his countryman Andreas Haider-Maurer in the quarter-finals).
Despite Haider-Maurer retiring in the third set, the situation could have been costly for Thiem who, in the semifinals, quickly lost the first set 6-1 against Gaël Monfils before turning the match around and defeat the top seed 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a final against Sousa, victor of second seed Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The final was tight at the beginning, but once Thiem took the first set, the Portuguese’s energy completely left him, whereas the Austrian raised his level, quickly taking a 5-0 lead. Failing to serve out the match, Thiem broke to claim the Umag title, which should make him reach a career high ranking of approximately 24 next Monday.