Return Winners: The 2015 Gstaad finalBy Jul 25, 2020
Australia Bound: Osaka, Goffin, Anisimova and more document their journeysBy Dec 28, 2021
Top 5 Photos 3/1: Murray digs deep to defeat HaaseBy Mar 01, 2021
Top 5 Photos, 2/27: Swiatek dominates in Adelaide finalFeb 27, 2021
De Minaur, Tiafoe and more make 2021 predictionsJan 20, 2021
Top 5 Posts 12/17: Thiem relaxes at home in AustriaBy Dec 17, 2020
Top 5 Photos 10/22: Action continues in EuropeOct 22, 2020
Top 5 Photos 10/20: Goffin returns to tour in AntwerpOct 20, 2020
No Place Like 'Home': All hail Federer in HalleBy Jun 19, 2020
Top 5 Photos, 4:29: Wozniacki, Osaka soak up sunshineBy Apr 29, 2020
Return Winners: The 2015 Gstaad final
Dominic Thiem and David Goffin battled for the clay-court title.
Published Jul 25, 2020
Up-and-comers Dominic Thiem and David Goffin battled for one of the game’s oldest clay-court titles.
Right before the start of the 2015 French Open, 21-year-old Thiem won the first title of his career in Nice, France, to continue his steady rise up the rankings, one that saw him earn a place among the seeds for the first time at Wimbledon. After a second-round loss there, he surprisingly dropped two Davis Cup rubbers at home against the Netherlands on clay, his best surface.
Putting those defeats behind him, the Austrian went on to capture a second title on the year in Umag, Croatia. Having settled into a groove on the dirt, Thiem continued his run of good form the following week by advancing to the final at the Swiss Open in Gstaad. In the championship match, the third seed would face Goffin, the top seed from Belgium who had won two of his three matches in straight sets and had been pushed to the brink in the quarterfinals, surviving a third-set tiebreak against Joao Sousa.
In the final of the clay-court tournament in Kitzbuhel, Austria, a year earlier, Goffin topped Thiem for his first career title in a battle between two players each contesting their first championship appearance. Goffin had also defeated Thiem in two other matches that year, on grass and hard courts, showing that his game matched up against the Austrian’s on any surface. In their most recent match, though, early in 2015 in Marseille, Goffin had to retire down 5-1 in the first set due to injury.
The opening set of this match saw both players struggle on their service games. Goffin managed to gain a foothold in the set, winning four games straight to serve for the first at 5-4. Once again, though, Thiem broke the top seed’s serve to level the score at 5-5. After holding for a 6-5 lead, Thiem got another break in a hard-fought game to go up one set to love. Goffin broke Thiem in the first game of the second set, but sensing a third title on the year within his reach, the Austrian recovered and only dropped one more game on his way to a 6-2 second-set victory.
Thiem became the first-ever Austrian finalist and champion at the tournament in the Open Era.
Goffin was playing his fifth final in a year’s time, with his record dropping to 2-3 in championship matches.
Twenty years before Thiem won this title, Thomas Muster—the only Austrian to reach No. 1 and win a Grand Slam singles championship—saw his 40-match winning streak on clay come to an end at the hands of Alex Corretja in the first round in Gstaad.