Dominic Thiem hopes to jump-start season with Rio Open win


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Published 4:52 p.m. ET Feb. 26, 2017 | Updated 27 minutes ago

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dominic Thiem won the Rio Open on his favorite surface of clay Sunday in a tournament victory which he hopes will jump-start his season after a slow start.

Thiem claimed his eighth ATP singles title and his sixth on clay with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.

Now he’s off to Acapulco for this week’s Mexican Open, which he won last year on Acapulco’s hardcourts.

“Of course it’s not easy,” said Thiem, who was to fly Sunday to Acapulo, where six of the ATP’s top 10 are playing. “I did the same last year, and it worked out pretty well. It’s not the greatest preparation, but I hope I can make it one more time. The confidence is pretty high now. I feel great the way I’m playing.”

The Austrian is ranked No. 8 by the ATP and was seeded second in Rio. But he became the favorite as soon as top-seeded Kei Nishikori was beaten in the first round.

He won all five matches in Rio, and…

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