Points won by each set: [ 50-50, 42-38, 36-35 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
33 % Thiem – 40 of 121
33 % Mayer – 43 of 130

Untypical clay-court match – 36 service games and only one break, even though the final involved two guys who aren’t big servers. They simply found a way to get plenty of cheap points serving on each other’s backhands. The 22-year-old Thiem [42] needed 2 hours 48 minutes to obtain his first title in his second ATP final. The Austrian squandered a set point at 8:7* in the tie-break when Mayer [24] forced an error. In the 2nd set, there was 3-all as Thiem withstood a double break point. “It’s really, really special; the first title ever,” said Thiem. “It’s not only this. The match today was a really, really good level. Leonardo played outstanding and I was fighting until the end. I think it was one of the best matches I’ve ever played. The first title, I will remember it forever, so I will also remember forever Nice.” They face each other in the first round of the same tournament of 2016, but Thiem is already a Top 20 player then, seeded as No. 1, and he outplays Mayer 6-3 6-0 to defend his title a few days later.

Thiem’s route to his maiden title:
1 Victor Estrella 7-6(5), 6-2
2 Nick Kyrgios 4-3 ret.
Q Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-4
S John Isner 7-6(5), 6-3
W Leonardo Mayer 6-7(8), 7-5, 7-6(2)

* Thiem five points from losing the final as he led 4:2 in the deciding tie-break

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