London, August 3: Dominic Thiem's bid for a first Generali Open title continued with a semi-final victory on Friday, but the tricky Albert Ramos-Vinolas lies ahead.
World number four Thiem is chasing a breakthrough victory in home territory and proved too strong for Lorenzo Sonego, the only other seeded player in the last four, as he won 6-3 7-6 (8-6).
The Austrian stayed patient in the opener before piling on the pressure after holding for 4-3, taking the second break point of the match.
Sonego broke to lead 2-0 in the second set but could not hold on and bowed to Thiem in a tie-break.
Victory against Ramos-Vinolas is no foregone conclusion, though, with the Spaniard flying high heading into the weekend.
Ramos-Vinolas triumphed in Gstaad last week, knocking out three seeded compatriots along the way, and his semi-final triumph in Kitzbuhel on Friday made it nine consecutive ATP Tour victories.
The 31-year-old was too strong for Casper Ruud despite trailing 5-2 in the opening set, recovering to advance 7-5 6-4.
"I changed my tactics, I stepped in a little bit more," Ramos-Vinolas said. "With the forehand, I changed a little more down the line, also with the return, a little bit closer to the lines."