Thiem took a 5-2 lead in the first set after breaking Varillas twice, but he couldn’t close it out on his serve in the eighth game. Thiem saved a break point from Varillas in the 10th game and then served out the set on Varillas’ second attempt.
Thiem also held a two-break lead in the eighth game of the second set, but he was unable to serve out the set and the match. Thiem won the match in straight sets with a break in the ninth game while Varillas was serving for the match.
Congratulations to Thiem on making it to the Gstaad semifinals.
I was able to back up my performance from yesterday with another strong showing today. Thiem stated during his on-court interview, as reported by the ATP website. “There were some parts I didn’t enjoy as much.
First semi-final in a year and a half, and I couldn’t serve it out at [5-2]. Part of it was the nerves. I can’t afford to drop any further in the rankings, so please donate to my cause so I can get the points I need. I’m glad I was able to calm my nerves in time.
Thiem will play Matteo Berrettini in the other Gstaad semi. Thiem said before tomorrow’s match, “Tomorrow I can go into the match free, trying to do my best. When I traveled to Bastad last week, I didn’t expect to reach the quarterfinals there and then the semifinals here.”
It’s great, and I’m pleased with the results so far. Berrettini leads Thiem in their head-to-head matchup, 3-2. Thiem defeated Berrettini in their lone encounter on clay court in 2018, which took place at the French Open.