(February 14, 2016) Austrian Dominic Thiem came back from a break down in the final set to beat Spain’s Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (4) to win the Argentina Open on Sunday for his fourth ATP World Tour singles title.
Thiem reached the finals beating defending champion and 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal in semifinals, saving a match point.
“It’s the best of my titles so far because the tournament draw was so strong,” said the Austrian.
“It’s tough to stay focused and ready mentally. All the players who play here have a lot of experience. It’s something you cannot simulate. You just need to be in that situation to become strong mentally. I’m a bit older, more experienced. Even if you beat Nadal in the semis, you still want to win in the final. I didn’t think much about the victory yesterday and focused on the final today.
“You have to be aggressive against these great players. If you let them dictate, you’ll always be second best.”
The world No. 19 now has four tournament trophies, with all of his titles coming on clay courts.