The ATP World Tour saw its latest maiden title winner on Saturday afternoon in Nice, as young Austrian Dominic Thiem claimed the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur title with a straight sets win against Leonardo Mayer.
The world No. 42 rallied from a set down to secure his win against the Argentinian. It was an impressive performance and gives him the necessary boost to perform at the French Open. During the match, he struck 44 winners, seven aces and saved all six break points he faced to close out the match 6-7,(8), 7-5, 7-6(2) in a total of two hours and 28 minutes.
“It’s really, really special; the first title ever,” said Thiem. “It’s not only this. The match today was a really, really good level. Leonardo played outstanding and I was fighting until the end. I think it was one of the best matches I’ve ever played.”
Thiem’s road to the final was a ominous one as well. He defeated fellow maiden title winner Victor Estrella Burgos in straight sets, beat nick Kyrgios after he retired with an injury, toppled defending champion Ernests Gulbis, followed that with a win against John Isner to reach the final. It was easily his best week on the professional tour to date.
“The first title, I will remember it forever, so I will also remember forever Nice.”
Thiem joins Jiri Vesely, Estrella Burgos and Jack Sock as a first time title winner in 2015.