The finals are now set at all four tournaments on this week after semifinals day was completed. Overall, it was another successful day for the seeds as 5 of the 9 seeds went through to the final.
In Barcelona, our feature match saw Dominic Thiem got the biggest win of his young career over world number one Andy Murray with a tight 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 scoreline. Murray made some progress this week after a slow start to the year as he reached the semifinals of a prestigious tournament with a strong field. Thiem looked really good on court today and I don’t think many people would have been able to stop him, bar Rafael Nadal. Murray wasn’t able to do much in the first set as he was went down a double break early with some hard hitting from Thiem. He got one of the breaks back but Thiem got another break the game after before serving out the opener to take a dominant set. Niether player was serving brilliantly in the opener but Murray picked up his game for the second set. He got an early breaks to lead 2-0 and that carried him through the rest of the set as neither player conceded another break. The third set was rather messy as neither player was able to hold serve consistently but it started going very bad for Murray when the Brit fell down to a 4-2 deficit. He managed to get to get the match back on serve but eventually the young gun got the win with a fantastic lob over Murray.
In Stuttgart, Laura Siegemund reached the final of her home tournament for the second year in a row as she beat Simona Halep 6-4, 7-5 in a very tight encounter. Both of these women love the clay and even though it was still a tight match, I do think that Halep could have forced it to a third set. Siegemund started the match electrically with a lot of intensity as she raced to a double break lead at 4-0. Halep managed to use her scrambling skills to get back in the match as she got the match back on serve to trail 4-3. Siegemund then broke again to lead 5-3 and had the opportunity to serve out the set but Halep broke again. Siegemund got her fourth break the game after, and with it came the first set in this tight encounter. The second set was a constant game of Halep going up a break but not being able to consolidate the break after. Eventually she did consolidate the break and had the chance to serve out the set at 4-5 up. Siegemund saved two set points on the way to breaking and due to the disappointment of losing those opportunity she didn’t get another game on the way to the heartbreaking loss.
I don’t have time to do a full post tonight but I hope this is good enough. I will try and be back for a finals review but I can’t make any promises just because I am so tired and worn out.