Dominic Thiem reacts to making his first ATP semifinal since May 2021

Former world No. 3 Dominic Thiem is putting up a really good week in Gstaad as he has been through to his first ATP semifinal since the 2021 Madrid Masters. 

On Friday, Thiem saw off Juan Pablo Varillas 6-4 6-3 to set up a Gstaad semifinal meeting versus Matteo Berrettini. 

Thiem broke Varillas twice in the first set to open a 5-2 lead but then failed to serve out for the set in the eighth game. 

In the 10th game, Varillas had a break point to fully get back into the first set but Thiem managed to save and serve out for the set in his second attempt. 

Thiem was also up by a double break in the second set but failed to serve out for the match in the eighth game. 

In the ninth game – when Varillas was serving to stay in the match – Thiem claimed his third break of the set to clinch a straight-set win.

Thiem on reaching the Gstaad semifinal

“I played a good match yesterday and I was able to back it up today.” Thiem said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “Some things I didn’t like that much. I failed to serve out at [5-2], but it was also the nerves a little bit because it is my first semi-final in one and a half years. I need the points to go back up the rankings. I was happy I was able to break the nerves.”

In the Gstaad semifinal, Thiem faces Matteo Berrettini. 

“Tomorrow I can go into the match free, trying to do my best,” Thiem said ahead of the meeting “When I travelled to Bastad last week I didn’t expect to reach the quarter-finals there and then the semi-finals here. It is really, really good and I am happy with the progress.”

Berrettini owns a 3-2 head-to-head versus Thiem.

However, Thiem won their lone clay meeting as he defeated Berrettini at the French Open in 2018.