The 28-year-old is playing noticeably better again, even the worst doubt in himself seems to have dissipated. Next stop: Gstaad.
Gstaad / Vienna. Bastad would have been a real game-changer for Dominic Tim on his way back to the old power. After losing matches in Belgrade, Estoril, Madrid, Rome and Geneva, the 28-year-old won the tournament on the Swedish west coast for the first time since May 2021 (Rome) at the ATP level. The successes on Emile Rossoforie (ATP 43) and Roberto Bautista Agut (ATP 20), were the best medicine for a previously poor third seed.
But Bastad was also evidence of how close victory and defeat were. After the first set against Finn Rossovoori (3:6), where Tim’s match was once again error-prone, the lower Austrian was seen heading for the next disappointment. But Tim managed to switch and won the third set tiebreaker (7:5). The fact that victory was so close was very beneficial. Especially in tight matches, you gain the necessary self-confidence. And only those who play the “big points” well will always have success. Tim has done this in Sweden more than in previous months.
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