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Thiem fights from behind to dismiss Schwartzman and claim Vienna title

Thiem fights from behind to dismiss Schwartzman and claim Vienna title

Dominic Thiem ignited his hometown crowd when he rallied his way back against Diego Schwartzman to capture his fifth ATP title of the season.

Dominic Thiem was down but never out as he battled his way back from a set down to capture the Vienna title; igniting his home crowd. The Austrian brought Wiener Stadthalle stadium to their feet in his 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory against No. 5 seed Diego Schwartzman on Sunday. 

Thiem struggled to control points to start the match. The world No. 5 was constantly pulled off the court to his backhand side, which created openings for Schwartzman to finish points and led to the Austrian being broken three times in the first set. 

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But once again the top seed showed the world that when he loses a set, he's able to pull out wins and prevail in the end. For the third time in Vienna, he dropped the initial set but regained his form to snatch his fifth title of the season. Thiem is the first Austrian to hold the Vienna title since Jurgen Melzer in 2010.

Schwartzman who is currently racing for a spot in the ATP Finals would have ascended to the 12th position with a title victory in Vienna, but instead he will sit in the 14th spot going into Paris. 

Thiem solidified his place in the ATP Finals when he defeated Karen Khachanov in the China Open's semifinals last month.