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Argentina Open: Thiem wins for second time in three seasons

Top seed beats Slovenian Alijaz Bedene, winning tournament without having lost a set.

Monday 19 February, 2018
Dominic Thiem celebrates defeating Aljaz Bedene during the ATP Argentina Open final match in Buenos Aires on Sunday.
Dominic Thiem celebrates defeating Aljaz Bedene during the ATP Argentina Open final match in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Foto:AP-Sergio Lamer

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Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria beat Slovenia's Alijaz Bedene 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Argentina Open for the second time in three seasons.

The 24-year-old Thiem, ranked number six in the world, continued his strong form on Argentine soil, completing the tournament without losing even one set at the clay-court event. The win took just one hour and 31 minutes.

With the victory, Thiem secured his ninth career title and first since an event in Rio de Janeiro in February 2017.

"When you win a tournament it's good news, because we're used to losing more than winning," Thiem said. "With these conditions - slow and hot - there are many chances for me to play well. It was my goal before starting the week and it is incredible to have achieved it."

Thiem is just the third man in the last 30 years to win multiple titles in the Argentine capital after David Ferrer (2012-14) and Carlos Moya (1995, 2003, 2006).

The 24-year-old Bedene dropped to 0-3 against Thiem.

In the doubles final, there were local winners as fourth-seeded duo Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina beat top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia 6-3, 5-7, 10-3.

- TIMES/AP/AFP

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