Austria's Dominic Thiem returns the ball to Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the semi-finals of the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Felipe Dana

Dominic Thiem claimed his eighth ATP singles title over Pablo Carreno Busta in the Rio Open final on Sunday.

February 26, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dominic Thiem claimed his eighth ATP singles title and his sixth on clay with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in the Rio Open final on Sunday.

The Austrian is ranked No. 8 by the ATP and was seeded second in Rio. But he became the favorite as soon as top-seeded Kei Nishikori was beaten in the first round.

Thiem now heads to this week's Mexican Open in Acapulco where he is the defending champion in the hard-court tournament.

Carreno Busta is now winless in four matches against Thiem.

The Spaniard won the doubles title on Saturday with teammate Pablo Cuevas, defeating Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.

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