Thiem Beats Mayer In Nice For First ATP Title
Thiem earned every bit of his first crown with a marathon victory in France.
The 21 year old outlasted the Argentine 6-7(8), 7-5, 7-6(2) in two hours and 28 minutes in Nice, hitting 44 winners, firing seven aces and saving all six break points faced en route to his first crown.
“It’s really, really special; the first title ever,” said Thiem. “It’s not only this. The match today was a really, really good level. Leonardo played outstanding and I was fighting until the end. I think it was one of the best matches I’ve ever played.
"The first title, I will remember it forever, so I will also remember forever Nice.”
The World No. 42 opened with a first-round victory over Victor Estrella Burgos in straight sets, advanced to the quarter-final after Nick Kyrgios retired due to injury, beat friend and defending champion Ernests Gulbis to reach the semi-finals, and knocked out second seed John Isner to advance to the final.
Thiem became the fourth first-time ATP World Tour winner this year, joining Jiri Vesely (Auckland), Estrella Burgos (Quito) and Jack Sock (Houston). The Austrian also became the eighth player born in the 1990s to have a title to his name (also Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, Bernard Tomic, Federico Delbonis, Vesely and Sock). Thiem takes home €80,000 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
Last year, Thiem reached his first ATP World Tour final on home soil in Kitzbuhel (l. to Goffin).