Dominic Thiem reigns supreme in Rio, Federer sails through first round
Dominic Thiem claimed his eighth title of his career after defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets ( 7-5 6-4 ) in the finals of the Rio open. In his post match interview, Thiem said he was feeling great, after winning this title and going through five matches of high octane tennis.
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He had not dropped a set en-route to the finals but was broken early in the first set to go down 3-2. But he broke back immediately to equalise, and went on to win the set.
He converted four break points from the eight that he had and went to seal his victory in a little over an hour and a half. He has now won four times over Carreno Busta on the pro circuit. Pablo Carreno Busta said he was happy with a good week, as he and Pablo Cuevas also won the doubles final defeating the defending champions Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah, and said he was hoping to play more matches against Thiem. He will also rise to a new career high ranking of world number 23 after taking home 300 points from the finals of the Rio open.
Meanwhile after a dream run through Melbourne, Roger Federer returned in style in Dubai to demolish the Frenchman Benoit Paire in straight sets. Federer said even he was surprised at the way he was returning serves so early in the first round of the tournament. Though his opponent showed signs of discomfort in his ankle, right from the first game he took no medical time outs. It was not clear as to what was hampering him. Federer won more than 70 percent on his serve and broke twice in the first set, showing no signs of nervousness whatsoever. He is likely to face Mikhail Youzhny or qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in the second round, and is on course to meet countryman Wawrinka and world number one Andy Murray in the semis and finals respectively.