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By Chris Oddo | Sunday February 18, 2018

Dominic Thiem won the Argentina Open for the second time and did not drop a set in the process. The Austrian won his ninth career title and seventh on clay, and improved to 87-30 lifetime on his favorite surface by defeating Aljaz Bedene, 6-2, 6-4.

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"I love playing on clay,” Thiem said, according to ATP World Tour.com. “Last year, I played indoors in Europe and they are nice tournaments too but here I have a better time. I wanted to win the title and any other result would not have been good. It had almost been a year since my last title, so it was time for me to do it again."

Thiem saved a break point in the third game of the opening set then ran away with the opener from there, as he broke twice for 5-2 then served out the set in 35 minutes.

Thiem broke for 5-4 in the second set and took care of business in the next game to close affairs in 90 minutes. Thiem saved both break points he faced and won 18 of 32 second-serve return points.

Bedene was bidding for his first title in his third final, but will take solace from rising to a projected career-high in the ATP rankings, at No.43.

"It was a great week for me," said Bedene. "Domi played at a great level and is the deserved champion.

Thiem will next defend his title at the Rio Open where he is the second seed. He’ll face Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic in the first round.


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