Dominic Thiem ATP Finals

Dominic Thiem breaches top 150 with second ATP semi-final of the season

Dominic Thiem is back inside the top 150 of the live ATP rankings once more after a third successive victory at the 250 level Gijon Open. 

The 2020 US Open champion backed up wins over Joao Sousa and Marcos Giron to defeat world number 29 Francisco Cerundolo 6-4, 6-3. The win takes him up to 132nd in the live ATP rankings, returning to the top 150 after dropping out in May.

“From the first match on I’ve felt great on this court,” Thiem said of playing in Gijon. “A lot of control, super nice atmosphere. So I’ve enjoyed playing [here] a lot. And I’m super happy that I’m still in the tournament on the weekend and to be able to play at least another match here.

“It’s very important for me. Because I’m still trying to climb up the rankings. Obviously I’m still outside of the top 150 now. So semi-finals on the ATP [tour] is helping a lot. Lots of points. So it means a lot to me. It’s only the second semi-finals [this year].”

Dominic Thiem reached the semi-finals on the clay of Gstaad in July. He lost there to eventual champion Matteo Berrettini. This campaign is the Austrain’s first non-clay semi-final since the 2020 ATP Finals.

The situation looked dire for Thiem to start the year as he went 0-6 at tour level. That eventually saw him without a tour level win for 14 months. However, after breaking that streak in Bastad in July, the 29-year-old has gone 11-6 at tour level and reached a Challenger final last month.

The former world number three faces American Tommy Paul or world number nine Andrey Rublev for a place in the final.

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