Thiem Takes Rio Tsonga Wins Marseilles
We’re through the post-Australian Open lull, and into the build up to the Indian Wells Masters tournament. Things are hotting up. This week will see the very top names in the sport in action for the first time since Melbourne, but last week we saw potentially a sign of things to come…
Number Eight for Thiem
Collecting his eighth ATP World Tour title, 23 year old Dominic Thiem strengthened his claim as one of the brightest post-Big Four stars on the tour today. The Austrian workhorse (has anyone on the men’s tour played as much as Thiem lately?) sealed the Rio Open crown with a straight sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta.
The win saw Thiem improve an increasingly lopsided head to head over Busta, which now stands at 5—1 in favour of the Austrian. It was Busta that took the early initiative, however. The 25 year old Spaniard got an early break to go 3—2 up in the first set. But Thiem had not dropped a set en-route to the final, and he wasn’t about to start now!
Theim immediately got the break back and went on to take the first set with another break of serve. Thiem managed to pull ahead in the second set with another break to go 4—2 up, however Busta pegged him back to even in the next game. One more break saw Theim take the match—and the title—7—5, 6—4.
It caps off an impressive week for Theim, who will be looking to assert his dominance in the game as the old guard go through their twilight years. The win actually saw Dominic Thiem move down a spot in the rankings, but that had more to do with a certain other title winner…
Back to Back Titles for Tsonga
Over in Marseilles, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was busy following up his Rotterdam victory with another title at Open 13. 31 year old Tsonga saw off his younger opponent, Lucas Pouille, relatively comfortably in the final, needing two breaks of serve to take the match 6—4, 6—4.
The win takes his career title tally to fourteen, and sees him leapfrog a few players—including Dominic Thiem—to reach seventh. It also takes his win/loss tally for 2017 to 17—3, a number any player would be happy with.