Thiem reaches last four of Moselle Open
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Dominic Thiem booked his place in the semi-finals of the Moselle Open with a 6-4 7-6 triumph over Gilles Muller on Friday.
The Austrian is the number one seed for the tournament and he was in impressive form against Muller, as he needed just 82 minutes to secure a straight sets victory, while he did not face a single break point against the Luxembourgian.
The 23-year-old was pleased with his quarter-final performance, particularly his returning of serve, as he believes that is one of the major weaknesses in his game.
"I'm very happy about the match because the return is one of my biggest weaknesses and it’s always tough against a good server like Gilles," said Thiem. "The first set I returned really well… I broke him and I also had chances to break a second time."
Thiem's performances in Metz have boosted his chances of qualifying for the end of season Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, as the world number ten is currently in seventh position in the standings, with the top eight players qualifying for the event.
The seven-time ATP Tour winner will now face Gilles Simon in the semi-finals in Metz, and he will be confident of securing a victory against the Frenchman, as he emerged victorious when the two players last met at the 2015 Rome Masters.
Simon booked his place in the last four with a routine 7-6 6-0 success over Tunisian Malek Jaziri, and he is going in search of his third Moselle Open crown, following his successes at the event in 2010 and 2013.