Tennis: Top seed Thiem outscores Berrett to reach the first final of Vienna
Tennis - ATP 500 - Vienna Open - Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria - October 26, 2019 Austria's Dominic Thiem will mark Italy's Matteo Berrettini REUTERS / Lisi Niesner after winning the semi-final match
(Reuters) - Top seed Dominic Thiem returned with a downfall to earn Saturday's Italian Matteo Berrettini a 3-6 7-5 6-3 win to advance to his first Vienna Open final.
The 26-year-old Berrettini broke five times at the Wiener Stadthalle's home audience behind Thiem and became the first Austrian to reach the final of the tournament since Juergen Melzer defeated compatriot Andreas Haider-Maurer in 2010.
“The penetration was great and the match was very high from the first point. With all the support and home-based advantage I was able to pull myself through. "
No player has won more than Thiem when the game goes to a decisive set (11 wins) this season, and Berrettini finished 28 wins after taking the opening set.