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Thiem and Berrettini have a date

Dominic Thiem reached the semi-finals of the ATP tournament in Gstaad by dominating Juan Pablo Varillas in two sets. The Austrian will challenge Matteo Berrettini, who beat Pedro Martinez in three sets, for a place in the final.

Dominic Thiem continues his return to the highest level. For the first time since its recovery last March, the Austrian has qualified for the last four of a tournament. Indeed, the one who is ranked 274th in the world got the better of Juan Pablo Varillas to reach the semi-finals of the ATP tournament in Gstaad. Dominic Thiem took control of the match from the outset, breaking the Peruvian qualifier in the third game. After missing a double break opportunity, the former Grand Slam finalist achieved his goal to lead five games to two. However, when serving for the set winner, the Austrian faltered and let his opponent erase one of his two late service games. Tightening the game and despite a break point against him, Dominic Thiem was able to conclude this first set as soon as the opportunity arose. An ascendant that the 274th in the world confirmed at the start of the second set by taking the service of Juan Pablo Varillas. The latter, unable to put his opponent in difficulty, held on but once again gave up his commitment, finding himself trailing five games to one. In pride, the 115th in the world erased one of his two late breaks. However, Dominic Thiem found the solutions to seal the fate of the match on his opponent’s service (6-4, 6-3 in 1h47 ‘).

Berrettini enforced the hierarchy

For a place in the final, Dominic Thiem will have a lot to do. Seeded number 2 in the Swiss station, Matteo Berrettini needed three rounds to dismiss Pedro Martinez. Indeed, the Spaniard was able to get the best start with the break from the fourth game. An advantage that the seeded number 5 of the tournament was able to jealously keep, having only one break point to save just before to convert his fourth set point. Pedro Martinez then had two opportunities to take the service of Matteo Berrettini from the first game of the second set but the 52nd in the world was unsuccessful. From there, the two players neutralized each other, with in particular six of the following eleven games concluded white. The Spaniard started the tiebreak with a bang with five of the first six points won. But, lining up six exchanges won, Matteo Berrettini reversed the trend and equalized at one set everywhere. On his way, the 15th player in the world won the first four games of the last round. An ascendancy which proved definitive, the Italian concluding the meeting on the commitment of his opponent (3-6, 7-6, 6-1 in 2h18 ‘).



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