Dominic Thiem is back on track. In the first round of the tournament in Gijon, the Austrian had beaten Pedro Sousa and announced that he had not felt so fit for a long time. He confirmed this on Wednesday against the American Marcos Giron. The former world No. 3 is back to his best and followed up with a perfect win over No. 4 Francisco Cerundolo, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the semis. Thiem will play his second semifinal of the season, his first on hard court. Very encouraging, especially since it will allow him to be at least around the 132nd world ranking on Monday. For a place in the final, he will face the No. 1 seed Andrey Rublev.
“I feel great on this court since I played my first match. A lot of control, a wonderful atmosphere, I’ve really enjoyed it since Monday. I’m incredibly happy to still be alive in this tournament, to be here this weekend and to be able to play another match. It’s something very important for me, because I’m pursuing my goal of trying to move up the ATP rankings. Reaching the semifinals of a tournament like this helps a lot.
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