Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria battled through a lengthy second set to down seventh-seeded Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Friday, clinching a spot in the Generali Open men’s final in front of his home fans in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Thiem cruised through the first set in 35 minutes, converting his second break point to lead 5-3 and quickly serving out for the set.
In the second set, Thiem was broken — the only break point he faced all match — to trail 0-2 but immediately broke back. Sonego took the early edge in the tiebreaker, leading 4-1, but Thiem won five of the next six points to force match point. The Austrian squandered that one but won the next two points to wrap up the 71-minute set.
In the final, Thiem will face red-hot Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who downed Norway’s Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4.
Ramos-Vinolas — who claimed his second career title in Gstaad, Switzerland, last week — is 1-1 against Thiem in his career. Thiem won the most recent and only clay-court meeting, 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals in Rio in 2017.
Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece notched his third consecutive straight-sets victory to reach the semifinals in Washington, downing 10th seed Benoit Paire of France 7-5, 6-0.
Tsitsipas, 20, fell down a break early in the first set but quickly recovered. He saved each of the four break points he faced the rest of the way.
In his first event since a disappointing first-round loss at Wimbledon last month, Tsitsipas is seeking his fourth career title and third of the year. He’ll next face Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who dispatched Norbert Gombos of Slovakia 6-3, 6-3.
The other semifinal will feature third-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia and German lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk. Medvedev handled sixth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 (7), while Gojowczyk outlasted 13th-seeded Kyle Edmund of Great Britain 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Abierto de Tenis Mifel
Fifth-seeded American Taylor Fritz breezed past Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-3, 6-2 in 71 minutes in Los Cabos, Mexico to reach a tournament final for the second straight week.
Fritz fell to Australian Alex De Minaur in the Atlanta final last week, a month after he triumphed at Eastbourne for his first career title. The 21-year-old was in full control on Friday, facing just one break point — which he saved — and converting three of 10 service-break chances to dispatch Albot.
In the final, Fritz will face fifth-seeded Diego Schwartzman, who battled past fellow Argentine Guido Pella — the tournament’s second seed — 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 earlier Friday evening.
Fritz and Schwartzman have split their two previous meetings, with Fritz winning earlier this year on clay at Monaco. Schwartzman’s victory came on hardcourt, in Belgium in 2016.
—Field Level Media