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Berrettini beats Thiem for 12th win in a row to move into Gstaad final

Matteo Berrettini beats Dominic Thiem in straight sets and moves within one win away form winning his third consecutive ATP singles title

Matteo Berrettini 2022 Matteo Berrettini 2022 Image Credit: Action Plus / Panoramic

Second seed Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, defeated Austria’s Dominic Thiem in straight sets to reach the final of the Swiss Open at the Roy Emerson Arena in Gstaad on Saturday.

The win extended the Italian’s winning streak to 12 matches in a row and he is now one win away from winning his third consecutive title on the ATP Tour.

On Saturday, he dominated his semi-final match against the former US Open champion, winning 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 17 minutes.

Berrettini appeared in total control of the match, barring a hiccup when he served for the match at 5-2 in the second set. Although, Thiem broke back to 5-4, Berrettini served out the victory in his second attempt.

The Italian returned from a three-month injury lay-off in June to win Stuttgart and Queen’s Club on grass but saw his Wimbledon dreams crash after being forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Despite the loss, it was a positive week for Thiem, who won three matches in Gstaad to reach his first ATP semi-final in 14 months (since Madrid 2021). His performance moves him back inside the world’s top 200.

Berrettini now improves to 4-2 lifetime against Thiem and will play either top seed Casper Ruud, of Norway, or fourth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the final.

The two are both slated to play the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel next week and could meet once again in the quarter-finals.

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