Thiem wins Argentina Open to take 4th career singles title

Dominic Thiem of Austria returns the ball to Rafael Nadal of Spain during the ATP Argentina Open tennis match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Dominic Thiem defeated Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (4) to win the Argentina Open on Sunday and claim his fourth ATP singles title.

The 22-year-old Austrian reached the final after beating former No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Nadal won this event a year ago and was once nearly unbeatable on clay.

Thiem has won all of his titles on clay and is ranked No. 19 by the ATP.

The Latin American clay-court season moves Monday to Rio de Janeiro for a combined ATP and WTA event.