Dominic Thiem admits his he is feeling good about his game as he won his eighth ATP Tour title on Sunday with a win at the Rio Open in Brazil.
The 23-year-old showed more signs of his emerging potential as he overcame Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5 6-4.
Thiem needed just 90 minutes to secure his win and another solid performance saw him over the line in Rio. He cruised through the entire tournament on clay as he failed to drop a set on his way to the title.
The Austrian had endured a slow start to the season but he is now looking ahead with a positive attitude.
After his win, Thiem will now head to Mexico to feature in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco and he admits he is feeling good at the minute.
He told atpworldtour.com: “I am feeling really great. This is the best feeling you can have, winning a title. “It’s all you practise for.
I played five very good matches, especially in the semis and final against amazing players.
I did the same thing last year, going from clay to hard in Acapulco and I did well.
It’s a slower hard court with a high bounce, so it’s what I like.
“It’s not easy with the travel and time difference, but the confidence is high and I’m feeling great.”
Thiem will have one eye on the 2017 men’s French Open which starts in a few months’ time and he can be backed at odds of 23.00 to win the tournament.