Barcelona Open: Thiem wins title against Medvedev with ease

Austria's Dominic Thiem holds up the 2019 Barcelona Open trophy

Dominic Thiem is the first Austrian to win the Barcelona Open since Thomas Muster in 1996

World number five Dominic Thiem won his first Barcelona Open title with a comfortable victory over Russia's Daniil Medvedev.

Meanwhile, World number three Petra Kvitova won her second WTA title of 2019 as she beat Estonia's Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) in the final of the tournament in Stuttgart on Sunday. Since then he's continued to improve his ATP Ranking and now sits at a career high of No.8 in April this year.

Thiem defeated Roger Federer in the final at Indian Wells last month for his first Masters 1000 championship.

The most obvious choice for the title of future "King of Clay", Thiem has show in 2018 and 2019 that he can, and probably will, win many more titles on clay including the French Open (maybe this year).

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"To win this tournament is such an honour for me", Thiem said during the on-court presentation ceremony. The only question left for him to answers is can he win the big one, the men's singles at Roland Garros?

"I hope this can continue". After his baptism of fire in the final at the hands of Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 12 months ago, Thiem will have no doubt learned a few lessons.

"I go to Madrid playing well and in a good mood", he added. "But the special thing about tennis is that I'll start from zero in Madrid". All the guys will be strong.

"I don't think anyone would want to copy the way I move", she laughed.

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"First of all, it is one of the best [events] during the year - I really love to come here".

He is also the first Austrian to take the Barcelona title since Thomas Muster in 1996. Berrettini, who beat two seeded players en route to the final, won his second career ATP Tour title and also his second on clay after winning his first at the Swiss Open previous year.

He hoisted the weighty 13-kilogram golden trophy in triumph in front of a full stadium on a cloudy, chilly day at a venue named after Nadal.

"It was a joy to jump in with the ballkids", he said. "What made the difference was that Dominic changed his style and I could not adapt". "It's really a great tradition".

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