Thiem blows away Medvedev

Thiem blows away Medvedev

MARAUDING FORM: Dominic Thiem celebrates after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Barcelona Open. AFP

Dominic Thiem overpowered Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Barcelona Open title.

A day after knocking out 11-time champion and top seed Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, the third-seeded Austrian claimed his second title in four events after beating Roger Federer at Indian Wells last month.

Kvitova win

World number three Petra Kvitova won her second WTA title of 2019 as she beat Estonia's Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) in the final of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart on Sunday.

The Czech star, a two-time Wimbledon champion and runner-up at the Australian Open in January, succeeds compatriot Karolina Pliskova as champion at the clay court event.

Having won the Sydney International in January, Kvitova is the first woman to win two titles in 2019, after all of the first 18 WTA competitions of the year were won by different players.

Berrettini shines

Italy's Matteo Berrettini came back from a set down to beat Serbia's Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to win the Hungarian Open in Budapest on Sunday.

Berrettini, who beat two seeded players en route to the final, won his second career ATP Tour title and also his second on clay after winning his first at the Swiss Open last year.

Both players were involved in long baseline rallies during the game and it took some invention to win points with drop shots and winners from acute angles being the order of the day.

Berrettini seemed to be in control at 4-3 in the opening set but Krajinovic only needed to convert one break point to take advantage and eventually clinch the set on serve.

However, the Italian bounced back in the second and served much better than his opponent to get back into the contest.

Krajinovic managed to save four break points but, as in the first set, only one break point conversion was needed to settle scores.

Berrettini then broke the Serbian in the very first game of the final set and took a 2-0 lead. A shaken Krajinovic did not recover and the 23-year-old Italian went on to convert three of four break points to win the match.

Berrettini, who is yet to lose in an ATP final, made it two years in a row where an Italian has won the event after Marco Cecchinato won it last year.