In a contest pitting two ATP World Tour youngsters, Dominic Thiem defeated Joao Sousa in straight sets to lift the Konzum Croatia Open in Umag.
The contest lasted a mere one hour and two minutes and saw Thiem top his Portuguese adversary 6-4, 6-1. He was awarded 250 Emirates Ranking Points and got €80,000.
“I am really happy about this week. I was able to improve my game in the semi-final and final. I didn’t make many mistakes today,” said Thiem. “It is really special to win here after playing juniors matches in this stadium.”
It was the culmination of an impressive week for Thiem that saw him also beat Gael Monfils in the semi-final round.
“You don’t win an ATP tournament every week. I got tight which is normal,” Thiem said about getting broken at 5-0 in the second set. “I will have a nice dinner with my friends tonight to celebrate. It won’t be a big party for me as I have to drive eight hours to go to Gstaad tomorrow.”
Sousa was awarded 150 Ranking Points and €40,000.
“I am really disappointed with my game today. I was just not good enough mentally. It wasn’t a problem of tactic,” said Sousa. “Of course I am satisfied with this week as it is tough to be in a final. However, it is hard for me to enjoy it right now.”