Kitzbuhel | Thiem makes the semis on home-soil

Austrian tennis fans are enjoying seeing their best player of the past decade, reach the last four of the Generali Open, an ATP 250-levelevent being played out in Kitzbuhel.

The incredible support of the home crowd is something I can rely on every single match, which is such a huge advantage for me. Dominic Thiem

As their second most successful player of the Open Era, behind Thomas Muster, a former world No.1 and French Open champion, fans are hoping Thiem can complete his comeback from a career threatening wrist injury by collecting the title which would be his first since winning the US Open crown back in 2020.

The former world No.3 who has slipped down to 116 as a result of time off with his injury, is now two matches away from succeeding in that goal for his second Kitzbuhel title following an excellent win over Arthur Rinderknech.

He defeated the Frenchman 4-6 6-3 6-4 but had to battle through two-hours and 20-minutes to finally seal his place in the last four.

For much of the time there was concern, especially amongst the partisan crowd, that Rinderknecht would end his run in the quarter finals by breaking him in the opening game, but Thiem responded well in the second to reverse the momentum to the delight of his supporters who were roaring him on.

“It was another great, great night here,” Thiem, who rallied from a set down for a second match in a row, said. “The first game was horrible but from then on it was really good against an opponent who is playing great tennis at the moment.”

Thiem will face Laslo Djere in the semi-finals following the Serbian’s more comfortable 79-minute 6-4 6-2 win over Argentina’s Pedro Cachin, the third seed.

“It’s my first semi-final of the year and I couldn’t have chosen a better place,” Thiem added. “Everything is coming together here.

“The incredible support of the home crowd is something I can rely on every single match, which is such a huge advantage for me. I also have a lot of experience playing here. It’s my 13th or 14th time. I am super happy to be in the last four.”

In the top half Argentina are guaranteed a player in the final following the success of both Sebastian Baez and Tomas Martin Echeverry who reached the last four in very contrasting matches,

Baez, unseeded, required just 86-minutes to dispatch Slovak Alex Molcan 6-4 6-3 while Etcheverry, the top seed, was kept on court for three-hours and 9-minutes before he could dispatch the Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan 6-7(6) 6-3 6-4.



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