Austria’s Dominic Thiem defeated Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-4 on the clay in Brazil on Sunday to win an eighth ATP World Tour title at the Rio Open.
World number eight Thiem wrapped up victory in one hour and 34 minutes to secure a third title in Latin America following previous wins in Buenos Aires and Acapulco in 2016.
Thiem was too strong for Carreno Busta, rattling off seven aces and 25 winners, while converting four of eight break points as he took his head-to-head record against the Spaniard to 5-1.
It was Carreno Busta who started the strongest, the 25-year old taking an early lead at 3-2, but second-seed Thiem broke back immediately to level the score at 3-3 before breaking again to seal the set 7-5 with his third set point.
Thiem then took the lead in the second set at 4-2 only for Carreno Busta to break back. Thiem was not to be denied though, and promptly broke his opponent again to take the second set and the match.
The win sees the 23-year old Austrian pick up the $314,880 winner’s check and 500 ATP Rankings points.
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Speaking after the final, Carreno Busta said he was happy with his week’s work.
"Obviously, I'm very happy after a week like this," said Carreno Busta, who had triumphed in the men’s doubles a day earlier. "Winning the title in doubles and reaching the final in singles is great. Dominic is a fantastic player and is going to win many more titles in the coming years. I hope I can play more finals against him.
"Physically I felt great all week. I'm a little tired, but that's normal after these couple of days. I have a few days to rest and now I'm looking forward to Sao Paulo."
Despite the loss, Carreno Busta is predicted to climb one spot on the ATP rankings to a career-best number 23 on Monday.